You might or might not have heard about Akismet before, but in case you haven’t let me tell you that that little WordPress plugin is simply a godsend.
Even a small blog like mine isn’t small enough to stay out of the cross hair of the evil spammers on the internet. I just noticed once again how this plugin is doing it’s job silently behind the scenes, filtering out the spamy comments without me having to bother with it for a second.
Yesterday I upgraded my WP config to the latest 2.0.6, and in the process the Akismet plugin got disabled, as it was also upgraded with this update. I didn’t notice this until today, as I noticed that 76 comments where waiting for moderation… and all where spam.
I can’t imagine having the comment functionality active on this blog if I’d have to go through such an amount of crap daily, trying to filter out the few real comments people leave here now and then.
If for some extremely odd reason you are not blogging using WordPress, and you want to use this divine piece of code as well to protect your blog or forum, check out the Akismet development section. There are plugins for other platforms in there as well, and Python, Ruby and other libraries to implement the functionality into whatever you see fit.
Just spreading the word here, cause this thing is bloody brilliant.