Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not.
I think Akismet is great BUT sometimes you need to re-run the Check For Spam to get all the spam comments. It is not 100% automatic in that sense. BUT I really like it a lot!
Akismet isn't the perfect spam blocking plugin. Occasionally a legit comment will get filtered into the spam box, but for the most part it works well. It's easy to install, and it's prevented several spam comments from ending up on my blog. I would make sure to set your comments in the Discussion Setting of WordPress to either Comment author must have a previously approved comment or Comment must be manually approved to help cut down on the spam.
Without the plugin, my sites would be swarmed with spam. It's annoying how much spam WP sites get, but I'm thankful Akismet helps. Even though I haven't found a better spam blocker, I still feel like Akismet can improve.
Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!
Works great, easy to use.
The process for obtaining an API key is more than a little convoluted.
The code sometimes produces messages when WP_DEBUG is true.
Not sure why Jetpack hijacks the Akismet admin menu items.
Not sure how effective the Auto delete function is.
The numbers don't add up!
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