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Akismet Worst Offenders Extension

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Now even plugins are getting plugins, as Richard Boakes adds onto Akismet, a powerful and popular anti-comment spam plugin for WordPress and other software.

The extension, allows for users to easily see and delete mass groupings of spam easily. It shows you the worst offenders, IP Addresses of computers sending you the most spam, and allows you to delete all their spam with one little click.

Akismet Worst Offenders Extension

So I wrote a small addition to Akismet 1.15 (pictured above) that tries to help. It pre-processes the spam comments and identifies the worst offenders in terms of the domain that’s being advertised, or (perhaps more usefully) the IP Address of the spamming computer.

It’s not uncommon for me to get several hundred spam comments each day, so certain machines and websites are hitting my site many times. What the plugin does is make those worst offenders really obvious, so they can be removed en masse, reducing the ham-hunting to a smaller and more managable task.

Very interesting. He has also gone to the next level of blocking the computers that send him the most spam, and while it has been working well for him, I would be very careful in watching its effects when testing his htaccess extension to make sure it does not stop legitimate people from accessing your site.

Check out the Worst Offenders Extension and the htaccess extension.

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