Integrated Akismet with my About page

With my recent re-design I added the new about page, where my users can ask me questions. Instead of getting questions from users I started to get spam from spam bots and I had to manually clear them every night. Last week I was so frustrated that I thought of even taking it down.

But then I realized that I had faced the same problem some time back and immediately Akismet came to my mind. I quickly went to the website to looked at the API and thought of integrating it with my about page script.

I was about to build a wrapper for the APIs, but something with in me made me to use Google and within few moments I found that it was already done by Andrew and Paul. I downloaded the code integrated it with my script and within a few minutes my about page became immune to spam. Wow! Now I could go to bed 10 minutes earlier everyday thanks to Akismet.

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  • I actually did not write the Akismet class for PHP4, a chap by the name of Paul Duncan did. His link is

  • Sudar says:

    Hi Andrew,

    I was under the impression that you wrote it, anyways will include Paul’s name also.


  • Akismet is really excellent API. I think Akismet along with an image CAPTCHA implementation, can really stamp out any comment spam. But I observe one gap. WordPress has Akismet but no CAPTCHA and blogger does the reverse way.

    What I feel is that both are required in a finer mix so that with CAPTCHA, spam comments do not enter the system at all, instead of recieving, storing and then sorting out as SPAM. What do you say?

  • Sudar says:

    Hi Deepak,

    As you have said Akimet is an excellent system and no doubt in that. But I some how feel that CAPTCHA can cause usability problem. Leave alone the people who use screen readers but even normal people sometimes tremble over when recognize a CAPTCHA. More over I feel that using a CAPTCHA system may frustrate some users and users should be given the minimum barrier to comment on an article. Thatââ?¬â?¢s why I even allow anonymous comments. Because that way you will get the actual feed back (even if it is negative). May be thatââ?¬â?¢s just me who feels that way 😉


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