We all love Akismet, the powerful anti-spam plugin that we all use on our WordPress blogs (even if it fails sometimes). We all know that Akismet has been ported over to over 20 systems and platforms, namely Movable Type, Drupal, phpBB, Blojsom, Bloxsom, Geeklog, Nucleus, b2evolution, PunBB, Expression Engine, Coppermine, Lifetype, Simple Machine Forums, Phorum, tDiary, MyBulletinBoard, PostNuke, Joomla, and EZ Publish.
But if you notice the list of blogging/forum/CMS software up there, you will notice that Textpattern is missing. While not necessarily the biggest blogging software out there, Textpattern is not without a fanbase of dedicated users, and I find myself liking Textpattern’s lightweight, simple, no-frills layout.
It comes as no surprise that Michael Manfre was able to develop an Akismet plugin for Textpattern. The plugin is in every way like Akismet on WordPress, and in addition to checking all comments against the Akismet server, it will notify the Akismet server about false positives or false negatives when you change the status of a comment.
So Textpattern users who want to protect their blogs from spam, download and use Akismet. WordPress and other CMS users have been using Akismet for years, and even if the occasional bad comment or two passes, it has proved that it is up to the challenge to protect our blogs from spam.