Managing spam with Akismet plus Worst Offenders

Went to check the blog comments just now and Akismet has picked out 500-odd that look like spam. The beauty with Akismet is the fact that you don’t have to do the donkey work and you’re also contributing to keeping spam off others blogs. However, it does lack one feature in that there’s no way to bulk delete comments from the same domain. I know the vast majority of those 500 spam comments are genuine spam hits but on one occasion I did find a genuine comment so I’m slightly reluctant in just deleting them all with a click of the button.

You see when a spammer hits this site for example, they’ll normally submit up to 20 or so comments all with the same domain. So instead of using Akismet’s ‘Delete all’, Rich’s Akismet Worst Offenders steps in. It allows you to do delete comments based on a common domain so it might say ’26 from’ and I can just delete those. It cuts down the overall list and reduces the odds of me getting rid of a genuine comment. 🙂


  1. I’m having a problem with spam, too. I’m moderating all comments, but that doesn’t stop me wading through a bunch of garbage every morning that seems to be just adverts : /

  2. rockport   •  

    Ask the viewer to do addition of two numbers, everyone can do that. If its correct then accept it, if not or not entered, just block the comment. It works pretty well.

  3. Rich Boakes   •  

    The “maths” idea is good, but it doesn’t stop trackback spam, which is why it’s not a total solution.

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