The Electric Kool-Aid Spam Test

As I said earlier (Lets do the comment jive), I opened my blog for comments without subscription. I also closed down (Captcha’d) the user registrations and .. hoped for the best πŸ™‚

I was afraid I’d be bothered with loads of spam messages or at least Some.. Just like I was before with the fake users. Opening the comments was a big gambit on Akismet and putting a captcha (using Register Plus) on the registration was .. well, I really dont like Captchas πŸ™‚ But I was happy to finaly be able to install a reCaptcha somewhere. & I really love the idea of inputting books that cant be OCR’d in the process πŸ™‚ And I love the fact that I didnt have to put it in the comments part!

So how did that all work out for me? πŸ™‚
The user spam is gone completely. The captcha stops all the bots registering and spares me from regularly deleting a whole bunch of users that might even be legitimate people (though the lot of users with gmail adresses and random names.. arent that hard to filter!) So Hooray for Succes πŸ™‚
The potential comment spam hasnt been a problem either! There is lots of junk coming in – well, not that much, but there Is junk coming in at a steady rate. I’ve been on the Akismet for 20 days now and it reports 49 Spam. Thats blocked spam & there s nothing that actually came through to the site! And I can read it to gloat over what didnt pass πŸ™‚ Although I just discovered a false positive – just right now! But still .. Hooray for Succes πŸ™‚

It worked out fine!

So thanks to WordPress – The great blogging software,
thanks to Akismet – The spectacular WP Anti Spam tool,
thanks to Register Plus – an amazing plugin that allows you to customise the WP user registration
and thanks to the Amazing Recaptcha! – A free CAPTCHA service that helps to digitize books, newspapers and old time radio shows.

hehe – if that wasnt giving credit where its due. Its just that I was incredibly scared at the whole experiment. And I can hardly believe its working out so well. I’m relieved at not having to clean out the junk users and I’m constantly surprised at the interesting comments – although I seem to lack the time to respond to them properly and timely :/ Tomorrow! πŸ˜‰ I hope Bert & Guy are having equal success at their comment & captcha experiments!
And damn, I d like a plugin that auto links certain words.. that d be nice. I’m sure that exists too.. For advertisement ease & all that. Although Id be happy if it d auto link friends & sites I often mention.. (preferably even automatically getting the info out of my WP blog links settings..)

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