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A lot of spam

Posted: July 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Site | 2 Comments »

I’m currently getting a lot of spam, and the default WordPress configuration doesn’t do much about it. Thankfully, the Akismet plugin is available – it’s just not enabled by default. Now that I’ve enabled Akismet, the bots seem to have stopped attacking me – or perhaps I’ve inadvertantly broken the comment functionality. Time for some regression testing! I’ll be right back…

Regression testing complete! No, the fact that there have been no comments since enabling Akismet is yet another proof (if one were needed) that correlation does not imply causality.

However, once comments (legitimate and otherwise) start to trickle in once more, I’m not sure Akismet will have solved my problem or not. I’ve enabled spam filtering because I don’t want to have to do it myself. However, spam filtering is imperfect, and Akismet can’t guarantee that there won’t be false positives. To guard against this, one presumes that some sort of manual process is in order. Net gain: zero. Alternatively, I can embrace the risk that I may miss out on considered, thought-provoking feedback whose only fault is a higher-than-average use of trademarked names for erectile disfunction medicine.

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2 Comments on “A lot of spam”

  1. 1 Jack said at 1:21 am on July 25th, 2009:

    Don’t worry. Akismet’s effectiveness is about as good as it gets once you’ve approved at least one comment from your regular commenters.

  2. 2 Studds said at 10:25 pm on July 31st, 2009:

    I was very tempted to ask you what I should do about my spam problem, Jack, because I knew you’d have the answer. But I tried to be strong, and resisted, and used Google instead.

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