December 15th – Spam Free for All Network, Online - 4 Comments » - Posted on November, 29 at 4:32 pm

Jesper Rønn-Jensen of publicly announced recently that on December 15th he would be turning off all spam filtering devices. The point? To really get a chance to see just how much time and effort our spam-catching programs save us. You really can’t have a true appreciation for something until it’s gone or you see first hand what it really does for you, I’ll readily admit and agree to that, but I’m not sure I’m ready to let the spammers in.

I only installed Akismet a handful of months ago, I want to say September 2007 (give or take), and already it has caught 6,236 spam comments. On top of that, I have to have comment moderation enabled because I’ve been getting a large deal of hand-entered spam comments too. You know the kind, someone comes in and posts a relevant, usually airy sometimes insightful, comment but then you take a look at the name and you see something like “fast acting pain relief” or “get a college degree in three months” and there is this so obviously spammy url attached to it. Those I have to usually take care of on my own. I can just imagine how many of those would slip past in a single day! 😯

December 15th is during finals week so I doubt I’ll be taking part on the 15th, but I might consider giving it a shot after graduation when I have some free time on my hands. I wonder just how much spam Akismet catches for me in a day. :blank:

If you do decide to participate, whether it’s on December 15th or another day of your choosing, Akismet would love to hear about it.

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  1. Demigod (900) Julie said,

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       November 29, 2007 @ 8:30 pm

    Can’t you just look at the stats w/o turning it off and having to deal with the spam comments and delete them all? Like write down X spam caught just before midnight, and then subtract it from the number after midnight the next day? That’s kinda having an appreciation without manually having to delete them all later, right?

  2. Goddess (1008) Joana said,

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       November 30, 2007 @ 12:25 am


    You could do that, but it’s not really the same thing as actually have to deal with the spam yourself so I doubt you would get as fine of an appreciation that way.

  3. Mage (231) Charity said,

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       November 30, 2007 @ 2:13 am

    Myself, I wouldn’t turn off my spam stuff. I get too much spam. LOL I know this without turning off my spam protection. I’m with you Joana, I’m leaving mine on. 🙂

  4. Apprentice (56) pussreboots said,

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       November 30, 2007 @ 3:09 pm

    Since my blog is pretty much home-brew, I don’t have any comment spam blocker installed on my site. All posts go into moderation (meaning my email box) and the comment spam ones are filtered out by the email program. The ones that the mail program miss still don’t get published because I read each comment as I post them to the site.

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