One of the smartest things I’ve seen in a while is the WordPress “Recheck Queue for Spam” feature:
When I first started blogging, I thought “no big deal” because I get a notification of the spam and then I go in and mark it as spam. Seeing as how Akismet catches tens of thousands of spam comments for me, I figured I could handle the one-off’s with no problem.
But then my blog got a little more popular and there was more comment spam. Even though Akismet still caught the vast majority, there was still some I had to moderate because it “got through” Akismet.
Then I installed the Add Meta Tags plugin, and I noticed my blog and my posts being visited more often by Google searchers, and I welcomed the new visitors. I was impressed by how much more visible my blog was. And of course, comment spam went up by a LOT. Again, Akismet caught most of it but there was a noticable increase of spam going to me for moderation.
So while I still think my spam management tasks are minor compared to many (maybe a dozen a day in my moderation queue), I was very glad to see the little link called “Recheck Queue for Spam”. I’m happy to report that EVERY SINGLE TIME I’ve clicked it, it has 100% removed the spam and 100% left alone the “real” comments.
What I like about this spam management system is that every time someone tags a comment as spam, Akismet get smarter. The comments that “get past” Akismet just mean that I’m one of the first to get the comment. After a short time (minutes, hours), Akismet wizens up and when I “recheck queue” it has learned about those comments and takes care of it for me.
You’d think I’d be content and this would be enough.
You see, I’ve also put an entry into my crontab file to automatically click the link for me every hour, so the queue automatically gets cleaned out for me and I don’t even have to click the link! Huzzah! I figure this way, Akismet gets smarter quicker for others as well, via the verification and removal of spam comments. Sure, I’d probably be a better spamnetizen if I actually marked the spam as spam myself and submitted it, but who has time for that? Hopefully someone else.
0 * * * * wget -O – -q -t 1 http://whall.org/blog/wp-admin/edit-comments.php?page=akismet-admin&recheckqueue=true&noheader=true
I started wondering why yahoo or google doesn’t offer this feature… I mean, wouldn’t it be even more beneficial in email, where you’re dealing with a much bigger influx of content, and even more value for identifying spam AFTER it’s delivered?
If you read down this far, I give you an added bonus. The Bible says that God’s promise to mankind that he’d never again send a global flood is represented by the rainbow. Others have said that Beer is proof that God exists.
This picture combines both ideas.