Up until now I have been using Spam Karma 2 in order to control comment spam here at Timesink. To be honest, I pretty much installed it, activated it, then forgot about it. I’ve used it on a few other blogs and have been happy with the results, that is to say, I never saw spam comments at all. I just noticed today however, that it has been eating a number of legitimate comments as well. Shame on me for not checking the logs more diligently, and by “checking the logs more diligently” I actually mean, “checking the logs at all.”
Anyway, I’ve decided to give Akismet a try as I’ve heard good things. The reason I never tried it in the past was because it needed a WordPress.com API key, which required creating an account and blog on WordPress.com. I prefer to use my own host so never bothered, but now I see you can create a WordPress account and specify a user account only, no blog. So, I’ll give this a try for the next while, and sift through the spam logs and try to find any legit comments. Sorry to those who may have had their comments eaten, I wasn’t shunning you!
As an aside, wouldn’t it be great to live in a world where you didn’t need things like spam filters, firewalls, and virus scanners?