I took a rare look at the dashboard of my WordPress blog and saw that Matt Mullenweg was looking for beta testers for a new spam blocking tool. I was getting hammered by spammers and they were driving me mad so I emailed him and found myself accepted.
Akismet is the end result of that beta testing – and it’s awesome. I’m actually getting less spam as a result at the spammers can see that their efforts are going nowhere! Phew.
The persistent guys still hang around but to date, touch wood, I’ve had no false positives and only a few have slipped through. Because Akismet is collaborative and intelligent it learns from experience and those gains are passed to the entire community.
Yes it means my blog is connecting to a webservice and that means it may be slower but I comment on my own blog and I don’t see any problems at all. Certainly I’m noticing severe problems with the ping services so I’m hoping that because Akismet has a commercial element that the funds will flow to allow it to keep pace with demand. Lucky WordPress.com users get Akismet as a standard feature of their blog.
In the mean time, Matt, thank you so much for putting this in place. There will be me-too systems developed and that’s great too. But you were first.
You just have to wonder if Akismet should be pronounced “Ah Kiss Matt” in a sexy southern drawl (as interpreted by a kiwi :))