Most of us running WordPress practically rely on Akismet to combat spam and according to its overall stats, 93% of all comments are spam (the real figures would be a bit higher than that). Today alone, there are close to 2 million spam being filtered out by Akismet. But what if Akismet fails again and the next time would be more disastrous? Thousands upon thousands of comments to either manually moderate, delete or flag as spam. That task could take hours and maybe even days especially for blog networks with dozens or hundreds of blogs to maintain.
The few times Akismet went down during its early testing days, the level of comment spam many experienced was moderately horrible. Twenty-five to a hundred or so comment spams got through during the precious couple of hours Akismet was offline.
However, today I often get more than a thousand comment spams per day. If those were to suddenly plow through into my comments while I’m on the road for a couple of days, I’d come back to a flooded comment area and a lot of work and frustration. Akismet recently added a feature to “recheck” your comment’s list for comment spam, just in case there is some problem with Akismet and your WordPress Plugins, but still…it makes you think.
If Akismet goes down, don’t think you’re safe because you don’t have a WordPress blog. According to the Akismet Development List and Resources, Akismet works with Movable Type, Drupal, phpBB, Blojsom, Bloxsom, Geeklog, Serendipity, Nucleus, b2evolution, PunBB, Express Engine, Coppermine, Lifetype, Simple Machine Forums, and others. More blogging platforms are taking advantage of the “community-support” technique of all bloggers working together to tag and stop comment spam provided by Akismet.
The Automattic team has stabilized their servers and have backup systems in place, so this is not a sky-falling opinion. However, I agree with Racoma that we need to have some form of backup on our own blogs, just in case something happens.
WordPress.com bloggers depend upon Akismet. Full version WordPress users have other options that work well with Akismet and offer a form of stop gap and backup. These include Spam Karma 2 and Bad Behavior 2.
I highly recommend you do not rely upon CAPTCHAs or torture tests for comments as those appear on your blog at all times, not just as a stop gap measure or backup. With the invasion of human comment spammers, this things don’t work. And they do a good job annoying your readers who want to comment.
Do you worry that your blog is becoming too dependent upon one comment spam fighting tool? Should you diversify?
Honestly, I think it’s time to stop comment spam at the root and start retraining those who think comment spamming is a good idea. Why should bloggers be punished with comment spam we don’t want? Let’s punish the comment spammers instead. You with me?
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