A Warning to Akismet Users
Everyone knows that Akismet is Matt Mullenweg’s/Automattic’s WordPress anti-spam plugin, “a collaborative effort to make comment and trackback spam a non-issue and restore innocence to blogging, so you never have to worry about spam again” that runs “hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down.” I’ll bet that most WordPress users who have comments turned on run it. Akismet normally works well–or so I had thought.
I just logged in and deleted a ton of spam caught by the Akismet WordPress plugin. Just as my mouse finger was releasing the “delete all” button, I noticed a real comment by a real person going away forever. I can’t describe how angry I felt. Here was someone who took the time to say something about something I had taken the time to say and it will never be seen by the readers.
I applaud Matt’s efforts to fight spam, but I realize now that I had built too much trust in Akismet. I wonder how many comments I’ve deleted by mistake. To Clickfire Blog readers, I apologize. To Akismet users, take this as a warning to occasionally take a peak into that vortex of filth spam bucket and check if there might be a good post.