[pmwiki-users] Akismet spam prevention tool cookbook recipe?
jo at durchholz.org
Wed Oct 18 14:04:38 CDT 2006
> How fast of a tool is it? How much will it slow things down?
Akismet works by sending all comments to a central server that knows
about the spam that's currently being sent.
The comments get sent via an HTTP request, and the server returns either
"OK" or "Not OK".
If you later reclassify spam as ham or vice versa, you can report that
fact to the server if you wish. It uses this input to adapt the Bayes
component in the spam detection.
In other words, it doesn't add significant server load on the PmWiki
site, and it will mostly add the usual networking latencies for a round
trip to the Akismet server (which is generally very quick to respond
The server is run by a largely-not-for-profit something; they request
that you pay a modest amount for the service "if you make more than 500
dollars with your blog", with no automatic enforcement policy in place.
Overall I like it, except that it will be targetted on the day that
spammers feel that it's overly effective (I don't expect that to happen
in the near future though).
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