Looks like with the plugins I installed recently on my blog, the spam is completely gone away.

I didn’t want to install captcha, since they are quite annoying. But it looks like they are effective against spam. I found “Conditional CAPTCHA” which works in the correct way: the user insert the comment, if the bayesian filter identify the comment as spam, then a very simple captcha is displayed, so the user can prove that is a human being or a spam bot. If the captcha test fails, the comment is deleted definitively.
Additionally I am using “Bad Behavior” which checks the ip address against an online black list, and prevents suspicious ones to even connect to your site.

So, this is my list of WordPress plugins that have proven to be effective against spam:

  1. Akismet
  2. Bad Behavior
  3. Conditional Captcha

So far, so good.

I still moderate comments manually, approving/trashing them one by one, since I don’t receive many comments, it is feasible. But if this plugin team works so well, I might stop moderating the comments and let it run completely automatic.


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