Yesterday I installed a plug-in that I probably should have installed long ago: Spam Karma 2 (SK2).
Until now I had used Akismet and I was satisfied using it. Every time I logged in at my blog, I just deleted the spam messages that Akismet had discovered. That was easy, only…
The last two weeks the number of spam messages have increased drastically and all Akismet does is list them as spam.
Remarkably enough, lots of them came in through the comments. I honestly have no idea what these slime balls try to achieve, as I moderate the blog and therefore their posts are always deleted. Why they still take the trouble to do so is beyond me.
Anyway, I desperately wanted another way of dealing with this phenomenon, saving me time and giving me more control as to what, where and how. Hence, Spam Karma 2!
Why this one?
Easy. Right now I’m so involved in the creation of a group product over at the Inner Circle, that I didn’t have time to do a thorough research.
But smart me! I remembered a recent post by Andy Beard about Akismet – Auntie Spam. And that post referred to another one, titled “Akismet False Positives & Spam Karma Configuration”!
On that very page, Andy shows in detail how to set up a basic Spam Karma configuration.
Installation of SK2 is a breeze (download, unpack, upload the folder and activate), but the initial configuration can be quite overwhelming. It has a lot of options.
Well, Andy’s page is the solution for that problem. That makes the whole process a no brainer.
Now, I must confess I have to look deeper into the working of Spam Karma 2. I didn’t because Andy made it very easy for me, but for the time being I think it works remarkably well, even after only one day. If you only look at the log files, it’s impressive what this plugin does.
Andy also discusses a few other plugins, including Akismet, that you can use in combination with Spam Karma 2.
I didn’t install any of them yet and I disabled Akismet for the time being to see what SK2 does.
We’ll see what happens on the long term.
For showing me in detail how to configure the whole thing and save me tons of time: Thanks Andy, most appreciated!
Do you have any experience with Spam Karma?
If so, let me here it. Post your comments.
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