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  • Moderator James Huff


    Those who know me well, know that I’m very picky about my anti-spam plugins. I’m more concerned with the effect an anti-spam plugin has on my readers than I am with how effective it is against spam (so Captcha are completely out of the question). I’ve spent 24 hours using Spam Karma, and it has done a good job. But, before I commit to using it completely, would anyone wish to discuss any troubles or general complaints they have with Spam Karma, either when commenting or administrating the plugin? And, if you had troubles when you were in control, what did you have the overall treatment algorithm set at (or what was causing your trouble)?

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  • The only problem I’ve ever had with Spam Karma is that I could never get the captcha thing to work. The auto-generated image/code/thing never was visible to anyone. So, I just didn’t check that option in the admin panel. Otherwise I’ve found it to be quite effective. (I’m also incredibly in love with Spaminator, though running both simultaneously really is pointless.)

    Moderator James Huff


    Ceo, which one would have to say is better? Between Spam Karma and Spaminator. And why? Thanks in advance.

    I would actually say Spaminator. I’ve yet to encounter one problem with it yet (when I first used Spam Karam my own comments kept getting eaten as spam!). I’ve gotten far, far less false positives with it – and it’s been much better with catching true spam.

    exact opposite results for me here – Spaminator eats everything i type in a comment no matter who’s blog it is 🙁

    Spam Karma is currently in “evaluation” mode on my blogs 🙂

    How ironic!

    I think this is one of those – no matter who you ask kinds of things, you’ll get a different answer.

    macmanx…I think the best solution is to try both and find out what works best for you.

    I also have used both. I must not have had SK set up right with WordPress because nothing I could do would stop the “please approve:” emails, even though by the time I got them the comments were nuked.

    Kitten’s Spaminator, on the other hand, has worked wonderfully with no ill effects and is beautifully simple. I love the multiple heuristics. I love the interface. I love the little tweaks like where you get to set a variable to determine how much spambot time you get to waste as it processes their comments. Brilliant!

    It’s Kitten’s Spaminator for me!

    You mileage may vary,


    Moderator James Huff


    Thanks, RustIndy and KJ. Any opinions from the morning crowd?

    Put me down for a vote towards Spam Karma. I seem to get about 400 spam comments a day and it just sucks them all up and I never see them. Since I’ve been running it I’ve gotten 1 false positive, and on any other post that comment would have been ignored like the rest of them.

    I used Spaminator but I found Spam Karma to be more effective. I also use Kitten’s Spam words along with Spam Karma. I have Spam Karma to not allow comments on posts older than 14 days since the spammers seem to target old posts. I haven’t had any problems on any of my blogs since I started using it.

    Moderator James Huff


    Thanks Chicky and Jolie, it looks like Spam Karma is winning this race. Any opinions from the evening crowd?

    So far I have only used Spaminator/Spam words and I am VERY happy with it. Out of a couple hundred spams I had only three false positive (or is it false negatives).

    Moderator James Huff


    Thanks, Orange. I think it would be “False Positive”, being that it was falsely marked positive as spam.

    I’m using Spam Karma for 4 days now. I got 1 false negative while another comment was sent for moderation. I tried to put a comment from my office (behind a firewall) without logging in as a user. What I get after submitting my comment (clicked on “Say It!”) I got a white page with lots of warning messages and my comments are held for moderation. Could anyone explain what these comments mean and/or help me fix this? It doesn’t feel right when you’ve just posted a comment and you get the following warning messages:

    Warning: Compilation failed: nothing to repeat at offset 0 in /home/allister/www/blog/wp-content/plugins/spam-karma.php on line 2022

    Warning: Compilation failed: nothing to repeat at offset 0 in /home/allister/www/blog/wp-content/plugins/spam-karma.php on line 2027

    Warning: Compilation failed: nothing to repeat at offset 0 in /home/allister/www/blog/wp-content/plugins/spam-karma.php on line 2032

    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/allister/www/blog/wp-content/plugins/spam-karma.php:2022) in /home/allister/www/blog/wp-content/plugins/spam-karma.php on line 2333

    Tried spaminator but it blocked all my admin comments as spam.
    Tried spam karma, and it worked suprisingly well.
    After uninstalling both and then installing Hashcash and updating the spam words list, I haven’t had any problems.

    Well I lie, I did have some spam come in even with Hashcash installed but then updating the spam words list seemed to have fixed that within WP. It’s surprisngly good. And no more messages about my comments being spam. I have also turned off the moderation etc so, still works well.

    Hmmm… With just WP 1.5, comment spam looks like solved (for now, we’ll see…) but i’m still irritated by trackback spam. With Spam Karma, I don’t get trackback spam anymore. But an innocent commenter might get freaked out when he sees those warning messages right after he posts his comments as I said earlier. (sorry for flooding this thread with warning printouts.)

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