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Old August 27th, 2012, 12:39 AM
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Site updates + AKISMET Spam Filtering

I wanted to find a more permanent solution which did not include dedicating more manpower to manually rooting out spam, especially due to the exponential increase of this automated spam as-of-late.

I've enabled the Akismet service for the site. The Akismet web service uses an ever-changing (and learning) algorithm that scans all posts and flags messages it suspects are spam. These flagged messages are placed into a moderation queue, and thus are hidden from users.

Because spam bots have been able to successfully fool the human verification system and thus are able to create active accounts capable of posting, Akismet should be able to stop these messages from appearing at all, while allowing legitimate posts through unhindered. From what I have researched, Akismet is highly accurate and can cut down 99% of spam postings.

How can Akismet help?


From their site: Akismet monitors millions of blogs and forums, watching the methods and tricks used by spammers in real time. We know all about their spambots, comment factories, buffer sites and social engineering tricks. Akismet will use this knowledge to warn you when a spammer – automated or human – tries to sneak a spam comment past you. So if you notice a comment in your spam folder from someone you don’t know, or linking to a web site you’ve never seen before, take a good look at it before you hit the Unspam button: in all likelihood, Akismet put it there for a reason.


If you're interested you can read more about how Akismet works here.

TechCrunch: Akismet Just Filtered Its 50 Billionth Piece Of Spam, Now Seeing 700 Spam Comments Per Second (Link)

The Akismet filter works by combining information about the spam it captures on all participating blogs, then uses that info to define rules to block future spam. The system is now included by default in WordPress builds (since version 2.0) and in all the hosted WordPress.com blogs. There’s also an API for use outside of WordPress.

According to stats from the company, 92% of all comments checked by Akismet are spam. (Also, whoa!) Last month, the anti-spam system was used by 12 million sites, with an accuracy rate of 99.9%, Automattic claims. Which kind of makes it all the more impressive when you see a spam comment get through, when you stop and think about it.



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Old August 27th, 2012, 05:23 AM
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Flexodus,

Thanks for everything you do! I hope Akismet works. Please know of our gratitude for this great site.

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Old August 27th, 2012, 09:03 AM
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Fingers definitely crossed!

Thanks for the update and the behind the scenes effort!!!
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Old August 27th, 2012, 09:16 PM
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Whew, thank goodness flexodus is here for us. Thank you so much for this new service.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 03:53 AM
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That worked for about 48 hours, cool! I'm just about to delete the first two I've seen since then!

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That worked for about 48 hours, cool! I'm just about to delete the first two I've seen since then!

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One of them was in Cyrillic script. Maybe that makes a difference?

-- R
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One of them was in Cyrillic script. Maybe that makes a difference?

-- R
First, thanks to fleXodus for taking this major step in reducing the SPOT menace, and for letting us know about the changes. Second, now that is has been active for a few days, I'm curious about Richard's perception of its effectiveness. Things seem much better to me, but I haven't been on-line much in the past few days.

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Old August 30th, 2012, 06:06 PM
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From my p.o.v., things are much better...but it seems like 2-3 a day are still slipping through.

Compared to what was going on previously, 2-3 a day is heaven!

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I would say its doing an outstanding job.
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Just FYI:

I'm back to deleting spam every time I log on. Nice while it lasted...

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Is there any reason certain words are now showing up blue with underlining? Is it some kind of support for the site? Just Curious, CF
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Nothing on this site should be displaying as underlined blue. If they are showing up as clickable links, you may want to check to see if you have adware/spyware installed on your system.

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Is there any reason certain words are now showing up blue with underlining? Is it some kind of support for the site? Just Curious, CF
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