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Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam

And now for something completely different:

The smart little anti-commenting-spam filter Akismet has been working overtime for me since I re-installed this blog in January. And over the weekend, it broke the 8,000 spam comments captured mark. That’s 8,000 ads for Paris Hilton nudies , SEO optimization and pharmaceuticals. I have no idea why this blog is generating such a colossal ammount of spam – especially since our other blog Dabbler.ca only collects a fraction of that even though it’s viewership is signifficantly higher.

All I can say is thanks to the WordPress team for pre-installing Akismet in their builds. Without it I would spend all of my time filtering comments instead of writing.

(And an apology to those that have gotten their comments deleted by accident. Problem is that if I forget to purge the filter for a couple of days, I have hundreds of very long messages to sift through and I tend to just delete everything. So if you feel wronged, just try again.)

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a staff author at LinkedIn Learning and lynda.com specializing in WordPress and web design and development and an instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He is a popular speaker and educator on all things design, web standards and open source. As the owner and Web Head at Pink & Yellow Media, a boutique style digital media company in Burnaby, BC, Canada, he has created WordPress-based web solutions for multi-national companies, political parties, banks, and small businesses and bloggers alike. He also contributes to the local WordPress community by organizing Meetups and WordCamps.