Oh em gee, I just installed Akismet‘s anti-spam plugin on my blog, and I think it is the single most useful piece of software I’ve ever used. The plugin does only one thing, and it does it extremely well–it filters and sorts the spam comments on my blog, so I can see the real comments. This is a huge problem for me. I have 41 real comments on my blog and 1,500 spam comments. If I allow unmoderated comments, my blog fills with spam. If I try to moderate the comments, I have to read through hundreds of spam comments to find a genuine comment. It’s a huge pain in the ass, and Akismet handily takes care of it all.
I’m just blown away–I had this huge problem, and seconds after installing the plugin, 800 spam comments were moved into the spam folder, all the genuine comments floated to the top of the list, and I found a comment my grandma had posted a while back that I’d missed. I’ve just never had a piece of software that solved 100% of the problems I was having. That’s huge!