Don’t get me wrong. I love WordPress. I love Automattic. And I love almost all the products they have made so far. Among which are Gravatar, Polldaddy, Jetpack, and of course, our favorite WordPress and WordPress.com.
However, there is this one product that I’ve never been a fan of. This comes default with every self-hosted WordPress installation, and powers every blog on WordPress.com network. Ever since I became an advanced blogger, I stopped using Akismet on my self-hosted blogs. It’s mostly because Akismet catches a lot of legitimate comments as spams and sometimes lets spams through. On my blogs, I either use Disqus which is faster and more user-friendly, or I use a plugin called Growmap Anti Spam Plugin which basically adds a checkbox at the bottom of comment form asking to check the box. I’ve seen that is enough to prevent spams 99% of the times.
On my WordPress.com blog though, like this one, I’m out of luck. It’s no wonder that WordPress.com forces us to use Akismet. Do not get me wrong again, I wasn’t furious because most of the time Akismet does a great job keeping spams away from my blog. But when I say that Akismet works most of the time, I’m referring to the past.
These few months, I’ve seen an increasing number of spams being approved on my blog. I care about live discussion which is why I’ve set comments to appear automatically. Akismet is supposed to stop spam comments, but it isn’t. I have nearly a hundred spam comments that have been approved by Akismet and I have yet to understand why Akismet did not think they were spam comments. I’m not contacting Akismet because I know I’d be asked to just mark those as spams. The point is, what’s the use of manually marking spam comments since Akismet is there to do just that?
See these spams? They are in the approved folder. And these spams are also in the Approved folder. What on earth was Akismet thinking?!
I’ve gotten tired of Akismet and I really do not understand how Automattic folks haven’t yet been able to make it perfect. When I look at WordPress or some of the other products they have made, I just think they are perfect and they just keep getting better. Could someone explain to me why Akismet is going the other way around? Why does it keep getting worse? I would sincerely ask WordPress — or Automattic — to give Akismet a serious look. I look at my Spam folder and there are thousands of spams caught by Akismet — so I know the plugin is working. But when I go back to my Approved comments folder and I see nearly a hundred spams approved, I lose the respect for Akismet.
Perhaps it is time WordPress.com allowed us to use third-party comment systems?
Have you ever faced such serious situations with Akismet on your WordPress/WordPress.com blog?