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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


    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


    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:

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




    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.


    Mark (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.




    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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