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Announcing Akismet - stops comment spam (60 posts)

  1. Matt Mullenweg
    Troublemaker
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I just wanted to let you guys know the Akismet plugin as now available for all WordPress users:

    http://akismet.com/

    Download it and install it like a regular plugin, then plug in your WordPress.com API key to activate it. (If you're not on WordPress.com yet you can get on without an invite by using Flock.)

    Let me know if you have any questions.

  2. moshu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Just to make it clear for myself: I don't have a wp.com account and I don't even want one. I don't want to sign up.
    Can I still use this thing?

  3. Matt Mullenweg
    Troublemaker
    Posted 8 years ago #

    You need to have a WP.com account, you don't need to blog there, but the API key is "key" to the service, so to speak. :)

  4. Nice work, Matt! I have added it to the plugin list:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/Spam_Tools

  5. Sounds cool, but I'll stick to Bad Behavior + Spam Karma 2. ;)

  6. TechGnome
    Moderator
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Sooo.... I need to buy this car..... just so I can get my toaster to work?

    -tg

  7. TechGnome
    Moderator
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I guess it makes better sense if you do have a WP.com account.

    -tg

  8. George
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Can't find an invite, can't get an API key, please explain this better guys!

  9. In order to use Akismet, you must have a WordPress.com API key. If you have a WordPress.com blog, you can find your API key lists in your profile menu. More info: http://faq.wordpress.com/2005/10/19/api-key/

    If you don't have a WordPress.com blog, you can request an invite by either entering your email address into the "Want an invite?" field, or try Flock (as detailed on the WordPress.com page).

  10. Arlo
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm running Akismet right now..too early to tell how effective it is vs. SK2, but I like a few things:
    1) The moment I turned it on, it immediately tagged about 800 of my spams.
    2) It adds no weight to my database
    3) there is no 3

  11. George
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I am trying out Flock...
    and left my mail address...

  12. While using Flock, visit http://wordpress.com/flock/ to get your free WordPress.com invite.

  13. George
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    got it and 78 spam comments caught

  14. TechGnome
    Moderator
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Okay, I just gotta say.... I like the look & feel of Flock.... gonna start using it more. And I finaly got a WP.com blog.... I like how the admin looks as well vs the standard WP. I'm a little disappointed in the theme selection (I thought there would be more) but I assume that will come in time.

    Gonna poke around some more.

    -tg

  15. Matt Mullenweg
    Troublemaker
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Very glad to hear it's working for some of you guys. Thanks for the feedback.

  16. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Jeez Matt. If you spent more time handling the problems from wordpress.com and less on providing another browser for us to have to twink css for, things would be a WHOLE lot better. Web designers do NOT need another crap browser to have to work around....

    Sheesh. "Process-oriented" must be your middle name, right? Try changing it to "goal-oriented" - as in fix the stuff that's wrong with the LAST thing you "produced"....

  17. Ummm ... Matt didn't produce Flock, nor is he listed as one of the developers. And, Flock really isn't "another crap browser". It's a weblog client combined with a browser. It may seem pointless to some, but others have found it to be highly useful. You also shouldn't have to worry about "twinking css for it", as Flock's browser core is based off of Firefox.

    Now, back on topic, we are discussing Akismet ("a collaborative effort to make comment and trackback spam a non-issue and restore innocence to blogging"), not Flock.

  18. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Oh? Well, last few posts were re flock. *shrug* Whatever. Point still stands, no matter whether Matt's listed in/on/around flock or not. The POINT is that Matt's obviously too busy playing around with other crap to finish the "current project" so the rest of us don't have to mess with people using wordpress.com - those, you know, who haven't a clue, and can't get help from those who SHOULD be helping.

  19. I'm sorry, vkaryl, but as a regular WP support forum member, you should know that you can't comprehend a thread just by reading the last three posts. We brought up Flock because it was the easiest and quickest way to get a WordPress.com invite. For more info, please read the entire thread.

    Now, what WordPress.com really needs is a big notice on the front page stating the system is still in the testing stages.

  20. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I DID read the whole thread. Don't be an ass.

    The point still stands. You don't like it fine. The POINT is that - oh nev'mind, apparently you are now a yes man.

  21. And, another thing, Akismet is not "other crap". It's the furthest thing from "other crap". And, I am glad that Matt took a short break to develop it. In fact, Matt began working on Akismet around the same time that WordPress.com was released. If you would just spend one minute to clam down and read about it or even try it, you would understand.

    Automattic Kismet (Akismet for short) is 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. When a new comment, trackback, or pingback comes to your blog it is submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down. With Akismet, you're always protected up-to-the-second from the latest dirty tricks of spammers. There's no maintenance, no upgrading, no hassle.

  22. Hey, don't call me an ass. I'm not the one who burst in here with all guns blazing. The point is that Matt is a human being developing free software. He is not your slave. If you don't like what he is doing, then you need to get some perspective.

    For the record, I am not a "yes man". The only reason for why you think that I am a "yes man" right now, is because I am supporting Akismet. Well, guess what? I like Akismet, and this is the "Announcing Akismet" thread, not the "Rant About Matt" thread. If you want a "Rant About Matt" thread, feel free to start one.

  23. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    *rolls eyes* Excuse me. There's no need for another piece of software like that. The others work just fine.

    There is EVERY need for those who are promoting wordpress.com to work on helping those who are using it.

    Regardless, I am NOT the one who brought up flock. You apparently think every thread should remain sterile and not go off at a tangent. Good luck.

  24. Just to clear another thing up, Akismet is not "another piece of software like that". Yes, it is like Spam Karma, but Akismet is a community effort. The entire community contributes to analyse spam and stop it cold. Like I said, read a little bit about, and try it out if you have the time.

    And, you did bring up Flock. You mentioned "another browser", and the only browser mentioned in this thread is Flock. If you thought that Akismet is "another browser", than I truely am sorry for you. I know what its like to be frustrated beyond the point of comprehension.

  25. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    *laughing* Okay, you win. I'm not going to go further into your grey-matter obfuscation. (Your post above was the first one which mentioned flock, btw.)

    As to comprehension, sir, I dare say I comprehend far more than some people would believe considering my admitted age and state of blondness as well as gender. In any case, I'm outta here, since as I said, you get to win.

    [And yes, I do consider you a "yes man" at this point - don't know why? Hmm. Maybe you're frustrated by non-comprehension as well....]

  26. Arlo
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    macmanx, don't feed this troll idiot.

  27. Ajay
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm a bit confused on Akismet. I need to install this on my personal weblog?

    And if so how does it help my WordPress.com blog?

    Totally confused!

  28. whooami
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    off topic, but with the advent this AND of wp.com, AND the little link at the bottom of askimet.com which leads here: http://automattic.com/ AND the little leap in pagerank that wp.org has taken lately, I'll make a little wager with anyone: my 100 bucks says wordpress is sold to the highest Mountain View, CA bidder within the next year.

    and not to kill a dead horse, but Mac, you've always been a yes man :P

    On topic : I am quite happy with my current spam situation or rather, lack of spam situation. Using a plugin that requires a key, or already has a commercial cost associated with it, or could possibly be fee-based in the future is not going to be something I want to be involved in. Thanks but no thanks.

    I think Ill go blog that little wager idea.

  29. Matt Mullenweg
    Troublemaker
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Ajay, Akismet is a web service that stops spam, you can use it on your personal blog by downloading the plugin on the site. Like most web services you need an "API key" to access everything.

    vkaryl, I have no idea what I did to you, but there is probably a better venue to discuss it.

    whooami, if I wanted to work at Google or Yahoo I would have taken offers there long ago. ;) Big companies aren't my thing.

  30. ifelse
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    "I'll make a little wager with anyone: my 100 bucks says wordpress is sold to the highest Mountain View, CA bidder within the next year."

    Whoami, I'll happily take you up on that wager... make sure you have my 100 bucks ready:)

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