Akismet follow up–Dang! Missed a Post!

Just a quick post to right a wrong. Seems I missed a follow-up post to Traded Akismet for Spam Karma 2 in which I posted about the problems that Akismet was having with a group of servers awhile back that were causing all sorts of weirdness for those running the plugin.

Note: Just scroll down to the comment section in the above “missed” link and you’ll see where I come in. Look for one of Tyler’s reply comments. Told I was. Running in reverse they said! :P

Not to be redundant here but the short of it was that my “Spamments” that the plugin caught were being deleted immediately instead of being held in Akismet’s queue for me to look over, making sure none of the spam were real comments. So to solve the problem temporarily while the crew at Akismet got the server problem straightened out, I disabled Akismet and loaded up SK2 in it’s place which took over the duties just fine.

When the Akismet service came back on line and all was well again, I welcomed Akismet back into the fold, gave it a beer and now I have both SK2 and Akismet running side by side and not one spamment has gotten through (yet). I do like all the extra functions and options that SK2 provides and the two plugins do work very well together as Lorelle from Lorelle on WordPress states in this excerpt from one of her as-usual excellent posts:

Akismet isn’t just for WordPress blogs. According to the Akismet Development List and Resources, Akismet works with Movable Type, Drupal, phpBB, Blojsom, Bloxsom, Geeklog, Serendipity, Nucleus, b2evolution, PunBB, Express Engine, Coppermine, Lifetype, Simple Machine Forums, and others. If we all work as a team, from a variety of sources, we might represent a very big hammer against comment spam.

Combined with Bad Behavior and Spam Karma 2 WordPress Plugins, you can put your comment spam fighting battle to rest. If one fails, you have a backup plan in place.

So far, SK2 (2.2 r3) has followed all my upgrades through WP 2.1.2 without a hiccup though I suppose I ought to wander over to Dr.Dave’s office to see if there’s been an update recently. Something else I’m behind on. Oh well, can’t quit the day job ya’ know.

Alright…better late than never. I feel much better now.

 

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Akismet follow up–Dang! Missed a Post! — 6 Comments

  1. With both your Aksimet and SK2 running, there should not be a problem with leaving comments…unless somehow you could highlight the “Math Problem” so that people leaving comments can CLEARLY see that they MUST put in an answer or else their entire comment is erased…I think that may be a problem for those of us who do not regularly leave comments using the “Math Problem” system.

    Just a thought.

    Thanks!

  2. I have no idea what you’re talking about . I’m just learning how to host my own blog since you got me so interested in this. However I did get Akismet plugin installed, now for the theme :-) Still need to find the theme and plugin folder :-) Thanks for all your help!

  3. Laurie, Good thought there lady. I bet your husband is really glad to have you around! In fact…I know he is.

    Elaine, thanks for the second comment test and you’re welcome.

  4. Sorry for picking on you Kirk M. :) I found it pretty funny at the time that you were the exact opposite of what I was doing. I too would drop Akismet if the spamments were being deleted before you could even look at them.

    I had a little trouble with Akismet and false-positives, but haven’t had any problems as of late, thank God!

    SK2 is definitely a powerful anti-spam system, I just haven’t seen any signs of life from Dr. Dave lately. If he’s not going to maintain SK2 any longer, I’d rather use a product that I know for a fact will be supported.

    Thanks for your comments and not taking offense to my initial reference to you. :)

  5. Thanks for adding my comment Kirk! Just posting another comment to see if the math problem works this time. It’s asking me to add 5 and 6, I entered 11. Same math problem as before. Hope it works!

  6. Looks like it worked just fine this time. The problem may have occurred when my host lost the server this blog is hosted on due to data corruption or due to the upgrade to WP 2.1.2. Ya’ never know.

    Oh, and BTW…I was a bit flattered you know, what with me being mentioned like that and all. And going in reverse no less. Not everyday you see that eh?

    No offense taken. It was funny.