Spam Filtering

I’ve decided that Akismet, which is the spam filter that comes with WordPress, is a pile of steaming manure. Does anyone else have a WordPress based spam filter that they could recommend that isn’t annoying? Apparently Akismet is treating both Joe Huffman’s comments, and my pingbacks as spam. I have no idea how it makes these determinations, because it’s a giant black box. There’s no way to tell it that it’s mistaken and have it remember. There’s no white list feature that I can tell. So screw it. I think I’m open to trying something else if anyone has a suggestion.

UPDATE: Looks like they have resolved the problem.  I’ll stick with Akismet for now.  The help is appreciated.

6 Responses to “Spam Filtering”

  1. Les Jones says:

    Try one of the challenge and response plug-ins. That’s what I use now (with MovableType) and it works great. No spam gets through unless a human being types it in manually (very rare) and I get no false positives.

  2. I’m using Akismet and I’m not having trouble with it, though it does need a whitelist.

  3. Alcibiades McZombie says:

    I checked out some of WordPress’s Plugins, and this seemed okay:

    I’m not sure if spambots will be able to see the backup captcha, though.

  4. Matt says:

    Sorry about that, I took a look at the problem and it looks like Akismet has already learned from its mistakes that you reported. It should be fine now.

  5. Sebastian says:

    Thanks… I’m still using it… there doesn’t seem to be a good replacement. Will it normally learn from what I tell it?

  6. Matt says:

    Yep, that’s the beauty of the system. And if course you if you ever have any problems again you can contact our support on the website 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.