Yay Akismet

Just looked at my stats and Akismet has killed off almost 200,000 spam comments for me. Not sure when I switched to WordPress, but in any case, that's a lot of spam I've been blissfully unaware of, and no CAPTCHA required. And for those of you who aren't regular readers, my opinion of CAPTCHA is somewhere just below serial child molesters.

7 responses to “Yay Akismet”

  1. Jules Gravinese

    So.. tell us how you really feel :) haha

    Have you looked at reCaptcha? It's the same verification idea but it uses actual words (2 of them). So even if they are mangled it's still really easy for the human brain to figure it out.

    "reCAPTCHA is a free CAPTCHA service that helps to digitize books, newspapers and old time radio shows. [...] reCAPTCHA improves the process of digitizing books by sending words that cannot be read by computers to the Web in the form of CAPTCHAs for humans to decipher. More specifically, each word that cannot be read correctly by OCR is placed on an image and used as a CAPTCHA."

  2. rob

    I don't know what you're talking about mate, captchas are awesome and so user friendly.

    Before you can comment please type the following:

    Punish the visitor, they like it.

  3. bill

    I'm with @rob. I like CAPTCHA. I think it ranks right up there with programming in Unlambda and repeatedly trying to kick myself in the nuts, at the same time.

  4. David


    That's a real easy one: ⠻┠Sɫʃيځשםא⌘⎋ZZ78⎃⑆⑇⏅⍲⎈

  5. Jules Gravinese

    Personally, I put in a css-hidden field. Bots fill out all fields (even display:none), humans do not. It's a VERY simple test. Zero user interaction, 99% efficiency.

  6. Sebastiaan

    That's one of the beauties of CFFormProtect (http://cfformprotect.riaforge.org/index.cfm) – no Captcha, Akismet enabled, fully configurable and now a part of BlogCFC ;-)