The NeoSmart Files

What on Earth is Wrong with Akismet!?!?

Akismet sucks. No really – if it can’t tell that 400 duplicate comments made to the same blog but different pages by the same IP address linking to the same domain in a matter of 4 minutes are to be considered spam, no thanks – we’ll find something better.

Seriously though! This has happened 3 times in 24 hours. 100 or so comments each time. Each “wave” comes from the same IP, links to the same site, contains the same exact (non) words, and is just as ridiculously obvious as being spam…. They don’t even get flagged as “moderated,” they go straight to the inbox (so to speak..)!

Is it because they’re Italian and German, and not English? Great, we’ll just create our own spambot, link to NeoSmart Technologies in French, and take over the (blogging) world – except we don’t do spam, even if Akismet makes it this easy. Obviously there is a new spambot out there that queries your site for each and every post/page that accepts comments and spams the hell out of it. One comment per page, playing to WordPress’ duplicate-comment filter that allows duplicate repeated duplicate comments to different posts.

Needless to say, we’ve disabled Akismet and gone back to Spam Karma 21 – which is a great plugin badly in need of some bugfixes, updates, and new releases (as well as a customized weight-setting method for the various components a couple of new add-ons). Even if it gives our users a nasty error page if we’re using MySQLi for WordPress yet works just fine, it’s worth it if it can stop things so obviously spam and in such great quantities.

Of course when we received each wave of spam we took the time to manually flag each comment as spam so Akismet can be re-tuned, but if it takes Akismet a day or two to “learn” a new spam entry, then the bigger sites will always fall prey to “new” spam bots and links and comments… That’s just the way it is.

  1. Link may not work from Opera because of a stupid Bad-Behaviour bug that the author refuses to fix ↩︎