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  • Nope. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    I agree, for now. A combination of Spam Karma and BB effectively handle all spam, and for reference, my BB Stats plugin is recording 160 blocks in the last 7 days, and my SK has blocked over 50 comments, so it’s not a matter of a just a few comments here and there.

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    This FAQ entry for AKismet is not entirely an answer to your question, but it is related (and an important fact) nonetheless:

    Should I use any other spam plugins?

    We ask that you turn off all other spam plugins as they may reduce the effectiveness of Akismet. Besides, you shouldn’t need them anymore! 🙂

    For now, I plan to continue using Bad Behavior. If AKismet proves to be the end-all anti-spam solution after a few months, I may consider switching to it, but Bad Behavior has always done a wonderful job, and it has always been my #1 choice.

    Note: I’m not trying to discount Matt’s work. AKismet sounds like a great product, and I love the website, but I’m just not one to dive into a new product just because it’s the latest and greatest.

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    And, here is a statement from Michael Hampton (the developer of Bad Behavior) that answers both your question and the FAQ that I just posted:

    The one anti-spam plugin which Akismet will not make redundant is Bad Behavior. There are several reasons for this. Bad Behavior is a first line of defense, stopping spammers before they can read your site at all, waste your bandwidth, or drop junk in your database. This is especially important for self-hosted sites, or sites hosted on dedicated or virtual dedicated servers, where CPU time and bandwidth are precious. Like most other anti-spam plugins, Akismet does not and cannot conserve its users’ bandwidth, CPU and disk usage from a spam attack. Bad Behavior does, meaning it will continue to be an integral part of most people’s anti-spam arsenals.

    More info: http://error.wordpress.com/2005/10/26/automattic-kismet/

    I’ll note for public record that I dropped Spam Karma 2 in favor of Akismet. 🙂

    TechGnome

    (@techgnome)

    Moderator

    What I would like to see is an objective, non-biased evaluation and comparison of BB, SK2, and AK, listing the pros and cons of each one, what each one does and doesn’t do.

    -tg

    Mark (podz)

    (@podz)

    Support Maven

    I’m back with SK2.

    SK2 has not been catching everything for me lately, probably due to the thresholds I lowered because real commenters were getting tagged as spam.

    I’m going to try Akismet for a while and see how it goes…

    Don’t forget the cost and privacy concerns especially if you have 10s of blogs.

    skippy

    (@skippy)

    Member

    TechGnome: Akismet is a service, not an application, and it’s a closed service at that, so it’s nigh impossible to provide any kind of thorough evaluation of it’s performance in comparison to other solutions. It’s a black box, and you don’t get to see what makes it tick.

    I’ve found Bad Beavior to be a good solution. That, plus comment moderation, are my only anti-spam tools, and I’m happy enough with them.

    I’ve used all three, and I went back to SK2. Why? I’ve been to about a dozen blogs where I’ve tried to post and it triggered bad behavior when I tried to comment. Also, within a few days of running Akismet, I had several other sites let me know they’ve been trying to trackback to me, and it wasn’t working.
    With SK2, I have never had a false positive or negative, and on average, I delete 400-500 spams per day.

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