Simple Spam Filter
Simple Spam Filter uses three methods to check the incoming comments for spam and rejects those that fit this criteria
Simple Spam Filter is just as its name describes it, simple.
It blocks spam based on three criteria.
- Contains 5 or more links to external sites
- Contains [url=http://www.example.com]example[/url] style links (my blog does not support bbcode style links)
- Contains a word that matches a short list of common spam words
I installed it yesterday because though I am running Akismet for now on my blog, I still get hundreds of comment in the spam bin. And getting legitimate comments out of it can be quite a pain.
I had come across the plugin when it was released itself, but decided to actually check the need for it and so observed Akismet queue for the type of comments and found that most of the comments fit the criteria above.
On installation, in the past 24 hours, I’ve had over 430 comments blocked and just one spam comment in the Akismet bin.
Needless to say the plugin is doing its job well.
Just one doubt is to know what exactly is getting blocked. Again, it is really rare than any legitimate visitor will break one of the three conditions above.
What I would like to see is the ability to customize the number of links beyond which comments are blocked.
Another good feature would be the ability to add words from within wp-admin itself and not by editing the files (I believe the author has this in mind).
Needless to say, this is one plugin that’s going onto most of my blogs.