Josef “Jeff” Sipek

Comment Spam

So, I’ve been getting a lot of comment spam lately — you can’t see it because I moderate it all. It is not a fun activity, so I looked at the available anti-comment spam plugins for wordpress. I have only one thing to say: They all suck. I looked at at least 7 different ones, which were neat in different ways, but they all suck. They force you to modify some “magic” php files. Sure, I understand the code, but the thing I don’t understand is the fact why? I’m no wordpress expert, but I am sure that there is a way to hook into it somewhere. This would easily allow me to upgrade wordpress at will without the fear of having to re-“apply” these hacky “plugins.” Shame. If I didn’t have an aversion to PHP, I might have written one, good one myself. I hope that the plugin authors/the wordpress folks see this, and fix it.


  1. I use two, Bad Behavior, and Spam Karma2, and between them, I get zero spam on my WP now for at least the last year. Neither of them requires you to hack up WP. Bad Behavior does seem a little aggressive though, and might not be suitable if, for example, you want infested Windows PCs to be able to access your site.

    Comment by [unknown] — January 1, 1970 @ 00:00

  2. Thanks for the info. I just installed Spam Karma 2...we'll see how well it works.

    Comment by [unknown] — January 1, 1970 @ 00:00

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