Jesper Rønn-Jensen of justaddwater.dk 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.
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.Tagged: akismet, december-15, spam, spam-filter-free-day