At the London Firefox 2 launch party last night, I'd grumbled to Robert Scoble about comment spam on blogs, which I get more of than real comments (yes I know I could turn on comment moderation, but I haven't time to do the moderation). He must get zillions, it must be much harder for him to sort out?
Well as it turns out it isn't, because he uses Akismet (so no need to blog it specifically, thanks Robert; I figured it out despite clearly being in sore need of an ear trumpet to hear anything over the "background" music! At least I now have more practice than I'll ever want or need in the many different ways to say "Eh?")
Akismet is an open source Web comment-spam fighting system. The FAQs say "When a new comment, trackback, or pingback comes to your blog it is submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down... no maintenance, no upgrading, no hassle... When the plugin catches something as spam it saves it in the database for 15 days in case you want to check it out manually and then automatically deletes it... Akismet becomes more effective the more you use it."
There's a free plugin for Wordpress, you lucky lucky Wordpress bloggers you. It's meant to be free for personal use for individuals if you're not a pro blogger (that's if you make more than $500/mo from your blog - I wish!). But as far as I can see, there are options only for blogging platforms like Movable Type (see the Development page for other application plugins). No Blogger plugins or widgets in sight, not even Blogger Beta.
I had the impression that if you subscribe the $5 a month you could use it even for other platforms like Blogger, but I'm not so sure now from looking at the site. I'd be interested to know if any Blogger users have managed to get it to work?
Even more, I wonder if the good folk on Team Blogger like Pete (Grogmaster) are planning to oblige with easy Akismet-compatibility or even integration with Blogger Beta? Or would some other gorgeous, extremely smart and sexy developer out there care to try their hand with the open API? (hey, I can but ask very nicely!). Wanna XL Google T-shirt or XL Firefox T-shirt, even...?