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Error with Akismet - Invalid Key (36 posts)

  1. piginzen
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    So this is what I've done thus far.

    1. Downloaded the Akismet plugin.
    2. Acquired two different WordPress.com API's (Confirmed with Matt that they are indeed "valid")
    3. Enabled the plugin
    4. Typed in the API and received this error for both API's: "Your key appears invalid. Double-check it."

    I've emailed back and forth with Matt once or twice and he had a few ideas, but I think he's really busy working with WP2. Which is fine. He said something about it being my hosting's problem. I use site5.com. And think it would be hard to believe they would do something to complicate software.

    Has anyone else had this problem and/or found a solution?

    Are there other plugins that interfere with Akismet.

    I am ready to start taking care of my spam, but it's getting pretty frustrating...

    Thanks!

  2. cwolverton
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I finally got around to getting an API key and I'm having the same problem on two different installations at two different servers. The plugin appears to be fine, but I get the same error as above. Any thoughts anyone?

  3. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 8 years ago #

    "Any thoughts anyone?"

    One. You might try contacting the devs about it.

  4. piginzen
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I have contacted them (Matt). A bunch of times.

    I presume they are still mad busy with WP2...

    That is the only reason I posted here. Apologies if I was not supposed to do that.

  5. cwolverton
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I just input my key again and now it works. I changed absolutely nothing with my setup, so I am left to believe something changed from the other end. Perhaps there was a database problem on the Akismet end? I dunno, but it works now. You might try again, piginzen...

  6. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 8 years ago #

    And no need to apologize. It's just that with a problem like this, there's little that can be suggested.

  7. piginzen
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Lucky. I just tried again and it still wont work.

  8. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    piginzen, how are you doing the key entry? Are you copy n pasting from something, like the web page, an email, a word processor, notepad?

  9. piginzen
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    i am copy n' pasting from HORDE (my web email program) to Firefox....

  10. cnm
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I am having this same issue... it says that the key is not valid and I just got it 5 mins ago

    is it not valid upon deployment?

  11. injinuity
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I think the problem is only for those who have just registered for the api...

    It happened to me too...same error.. after a day... voila.. it works.. patience is the key here ;-)

  12. cnm
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    thanks injinuity... it works now

    :-)

  13. piginzen
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    :(

    I have tried three different keys... It's also been two weeks since I received the keys...

    Neither works...

    "Your key appears invalid. Double-check it." is what I get each time I try and enter it.

    Does anyone else have any other ideas?

    Thanks.

  14. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I would try typing it in without copy n pasting. Chances are you're getting some sort of oddball spacing or line feeds or weird unseen characters.

  15. angsuman
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    > Does anyone else have any other ideas?
    How about not using the plugin? Use HashCash etc. I have been pretty successful in spam prevention without Akismet and will continue without it :)

  16. Does anyone else have any other ideas?

    Contact the developers of Akismet, or (as mentioned above) use one of the many other anti-spam plugins.

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

  17. jzader
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Had this same problem yesterday: "Your key appears invalid. Double-check it." Today the key is valid. Must take a few hours for a new key to appear properly in their database.

  18. piginzen
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks macmanx for replying...

    I've tried contacting the developers a few times. They are pretty unresponsive...

    This is why I am posting here....

  19. angsuman
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    > They are pretty unresponsive...
    Why am I not surprised...

  20. Matt Mullenweg
    Troublemaker
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Pigizen, please use the Akismet contact form linked above. I see any messages from you on it.

  21. Truth
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm having the same problem too.. I got the API key 5 hours ago but it's still not working for me =( I always got the "invalid key" message

  22. piginzen
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Recently changed servers and that did it for me.

    Still dont know why it never worked before...

  23. Truth
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm not changing servers so if it doesn't work, I cant use it :( anyway, I've contacted the developers of Akismet. Hope they reply soon. Meanwhile, if anyone has any solution to this, please do help. Thanks :)

  24. cnc137
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I was having this same problem today until I read this thread and tried vkaryl suggestion of typing in the key instead of copying and pasting it and it worked. So, if you are having problems try manually typing in the API key instead of copying and pasting and hopefully it works like it did for me.

    cnc137.

  25. stephenju
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Are any one of you whose Akismet key does not work using PHP 5? I just played with my site and changed the php handler to PHP 5 and got the same invalid key error which worked all the time. Switched back to PHP 5 and it works again.

    Any developer here can see if it's some compatibility issue with PHP 5?

  26. revgum
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I've been trying to setup my akismet connection and it still gives me the same error 'Your key appears invalid. Double-check it.' 12 hours after I signed up for an account. Has anyone figured out what is happening here?

  27. Truth
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Mine worked only after 5 days of signing up. Patience, wait for a few more days if it's still not working, contact the developer? :)

  28. Maximus
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    after upgrading to 2.0.1, i stared having the same problem. For me it came from copying and pasting. All i had to do is hand type the key and the problem was solved.

  29. superjux
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm having a different problem since upgrading to 2.0.1:

    I activated the plugin, clicked on Enter your wordpress.com API key, and receive the following:

    Fatal error: Cannot redeclare ksd_config_page() (previously declared in /home/superjux/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/akismet/akismet.php:14) in /home/superjux/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/akismet/akismet.php on line 13

    Interestingly, I recieved this error when trying to access Options--Sparm Karma 2. I activated SK 2.1

    Cannot load spamkarma2.

    Any ideas? Thanks!

    Hilary

  30. grmweb
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hi,

    Thanks for the information. :)

    I have tried typing it in, copying and pasting, getting a new key and no luck.

    I do have another WP blog on the same server, and that key is working perfectly. Both are 2.02

    I am going to keep trying and see if I can get it to work in a few days.

    Thanks for the help. :)

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