Forget Akismet just add the GitHub Comment Blacklist

I am usually late to the party on a lot of the cutting edge things in WordPress. One thing I have used as a default for years is Akismet for managing spam comments on installations. It works very well but can be a hassle to setup and costs money if you are doing anything serious or businessy. Eventually I just ended up ignoring comments as the box just fills with spam comments.

Today I was poking around a new installation and noticed a Blacklist feature on /wp-admin/options-discussion.php:
wordpress comment blacklist feature alternative to akismet

Seeing this I thought: “Brain, why dont we just put a list of common spam terms into this list and be done with at least 60% of the spam we get in comments?” and I thought back: “That sounds great but I bet someone smarter already thought of this so lets check the Googles!”

Pleasantly after searching for “good words for wordpress comment blacklist” I clicked the first result: which links to the useful result here:

It sounds like enough people have checked this thing against Akismet and it cuts mustard. Happy hunting.

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Roger has been building websites since 1996 and had drunk the kool aid when it comes to living and breathing online culture. After spending time at Godaddy selling domain names and hosting he dabbled in telecom selling CDN services for Limelight Networks and Level 3. In 2009 he realized the best way he could help businesses was to start his own focused on building websites, getting traffic to visit, become customers, and then service them more effeciently. He obsesses over content strategy, ad testing, page load speed, online services, support efficiency, and where to go on vacation. He lives in Phoenix, AZ with his beautiful wife, Kate, and two dogs: Bonzai and Zeke. He wants to know about your business and how to help you get more customers and service the ones you have even better. Twitter | Google+ | LinkedIn

2 replies on “Forget Akismet just add the GitHub Comment Blacklist”

  1. Hey Roger, I appreciate the mention of my Comment Blacklist for WordPress. Please let me know if you have any issues whatsoever with misflagged spam, as I’m constantly tweaking and optimizing the keyword list.

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