I have now disabled Akismet spam protection on this blog and hope the best.
Akismet have done a good job so far, but now it seems that it is surpassed by the spambots. The spam comments still fill my “waiting for approval” queue, and I find it annoying to go through these to sort out the one annual real comment.
So far 3 days with no spamming getting past and no bots registering themselves either. I installed Raz-Captcha to stop the bots from doing that, and kept Re-Captcha, to guard against comment spammers. So far so good, but still crossing my fingers. Maybe Akismet will be enabled again, who knows.
Before disabling Akismet, I got loads of spam even though Re-Captcha should have stopped them. So I kept Akismet enabled and had to look through the comments awaiting approval to make sure real comments weren’t lost. A shitty job. I had a clue that it was Akismet’s “fault”, and I was right.
Seems Akismet caught a whole bunch of spam comments just before Re-Captcha did. They should all have been killed at the Re-Captcha process. That’s why it seemed as if Re-Captcha didn’t work properly. So using both was actually a bit over the top and had the opposite result.
Still annoyed that I have to keep the Captcha plugins here. It would be much cooler to be without those spam stoppers, but reality is that they are necessary these days.
So sorry ’bout that reader, but until the next brilliant thing comes along, I’ll have to keep em. Inputs for better ways to keep spam away are of course appreciated.