[spam-stopper] List of required fields?

Dirk Haun dirk at haun-online.de
Wed Oct 26 18:10:15 UTC 2005


is there a list of required fields that have to be included when sending
a request to the Akismet web service?

I've managed to produce a working plugin for Geeklog by reverse-
engineering the WordPress plugin, but on closer inspection, it does seem
to send quite a lot of information over the wire.

I can understand that you probably don't want to specify exactly what
Akismet is looking for in a spam post, but the current implementation
(copied and pasted from the WordPress plugin) does send a lot of
obviously unnecessary information, as well as some that raises privacy
and even security concerns.

For example, I assume Akismet doesn't really need to know that my
webserver has PDFlib installed, or in fact, anything about my webserver.
I'm also going to filter out the cookies (session cookies, for example,
are a touchy subject) and would suggest that the WordPress plugin does
the same.

Other than that, I'm pretty excited about this new spam filter and am
eagerly awaiting the next wave of spam posts ;-)

bye, Dirk


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