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Akismet Excerpts

Engtech and I thought this was an excellent suggestion for dealing with the torrents of spam in the akismet panel, but matt disagrees. Engtech wrote a Greasemonkey Script that implements it browser side. I, being afraid of browser bloat, and wanting this for archGFX, not for this wordpress.com blog, hacked it in /wp-admin/wp-admin.css. It’s a hack so simple, i’m embarassed i didn’t think of it sooner:

#spam-list li {
max-height: 6.5em;
overflow: hidden;
margin-bottom: .5em;

#spam-list li * {
display: inline;

added to the end of the file. (i actually appended it to tiger.css, which works the same.) this is what it looks like:

auntie spam

if that’s not enough context for you, or if it’s more than you need, you can adjust max-height to your liking. if you’re using IE6 or below to review your spam, you’ll want to specify height instead of max-height.


turning off akismet

my attempts at delurking aren’t going very well.  nonetheless, raven’s anti-spam has brought spam to a dead stop.  after commenting myself (man i’m uncool), i found this:  akismet was blocking the good comments.  not that they were hard to find in the list, since there were no spam comments.

there’s a simple choice. akismet is disabled.  akismet is great if you’re willing to accept some false positives.  i’m not.

five thousand one hundred twenty-three

spams, as determined by myself or akismet. i’ve read them all. every single one. because one missed comment from a friend or family member defeats the purpose of blogging for me. one missed spam? mildly annoying. 140 missed spams? really damn annoying, but still just annoying.

also, i’d really like the ability to turn off akismet altogether for private/NIPSA blogs on wordpress.com.

Spam Comes From The Devil

the number of the beast

Have you seen these stats? I believe it. I grabbed that image on wednesday before I left for san francisco. In the week hence, that number has tripled. Of course, the presence of 'ham' at the bottom of the graph means that i have to check every single spam that comes in anyway. (my sister was ham at one point). Couple that with the fact that my blog has stopped emailing me when people comment (the other stat missing from the graph, false negatives), and i'm really having to watch my blog like a hawk.

That said, this is the worst way to try to get people to contribute i've seen in a while. "our shit's broke, but it works better if you pay for it. no, really!" ??? the Spam/Ham graph is a far better marketing tool for akismet than a system error.

Which is not to say I don't want to contribute to Akismet. it's just that my blog isn't making any money, and there are a lot of other economic factors. Maybe if I ever see the prize money from the theme competition, I'll send it in their direction.

Also, "Because we're in the middle of a comment spam torrent" doesn't sound accurate to me. This is just now approaching the amount of email spam i get per account, and that hasn't slowed down, ever.

UPDATE: my blog just emailed me a dozen of the comments it had missed. weird. it's still not current, yet.

UPDATE 2: now it is.

UPDATE 3: it's actually a gmail issue, not at all related to wordpress.