[spam-stopper] Akismet vs. Spamkarma2 (a solution)
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Sun Oct 30 00:43:06 UTC 2005
first I'd like to introduce myself. I am the average blogger
(www.sebbi.de) from Germany and recent follower of the Spamkarma2 cult.
As of now this plugin has never let me down and kept blogging fun
despite all the spam I receive.
When Matt announced Akismet on his blog I got very excited about the
idea and had some privacy issues with it. Of course that is relatively
stupid, because hey ... it's the internet and Google already knows about
all the comments on my blog ... so what the heck ;-) (but I am still
wondering why everything that is contained in the array "$_SERVER" has
to be send to Akismet ... that is a lot more than "just the comment").
Some bloggers are posting about their switch from Spamkarma to Akismet
and which one would be better and blabla. I tested Akismet and found it
to be not worthy to be my only protection, but I know it would
eventually learn from all the submissions and get better with time. On
the other side is Spamkarma which is pretty much perfect and can be
extended to become even more perfect! So I wrote a Spamkarma2 Plugin
which checks comments against Akismet.com and submits them to their
database if it's clearly spam or ham. That way Spamkarma improves and
the Akismet database should also improve ... without user interaction
It's currently beta, but works as advertised.
Get it here: http://www.sebbi.de/files/sk2_akismet_plugin.zip
Unzip it into "wp-content/plugins/SK2/sk2_plugins" and enter your
Wordpress Apikey into "General Settings"->"Akismet Check" in Spamkarma2.
You can tweak some other advanced settings too if you want (please tell
me about what works best for you). There is currently no other
documentation for this plugin plugin (a plugin of a plugin ... oh my
god!), but I don't it's needed. The concept is simple enough ;-)
Feel free to test it and I'm happy about every feedback I can get. If
nothing bad comes up (the plugin being a server killer or something),
I'll release that code to the public this week.
@Matt: the original wordpress-plugin caries no license information. So
I'd like to know if it is ok to borrow some of the code from it, because
I have done so. Is it ok?
Greetings and happy halloween,
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