I know that at least one member of the blogring has upgraded to WordPress 2.0, and I’ve been considering it myself. One of the features of WordPress 2.0 is the bundling of the Akismet, plugin, which wordpress 1.5.x users can go and get.
I’ve been testing Akismet for a week or so now, and I’ve got to say, it’s pretty good at catching spam. It runs against a webservice – something along the lines of tootling off to a central database and checking new comments against some information held there and then proceeds to mark them as spam or not. A spamlist is held within your admin interface in an akismet management panel. Unfortunately though, you can’t see all the spam you’ve received since you last looked, as you could in the moderation queue, and your only management option is to delete all spam. And if you don’t delete it, after 15 days Akismet deletes it for you.
So far much of this is probably sounding good to you – but there’s a drawback. Yesterday, Merry tried to leave me a link, to a site called cheekylegs 😉 and it hit Akismet. I found it, and retrieved it, but despite the retrieval, all of Merry’s comments since then have gone straight into the spam list.
Doing a bit of a search to see if there’s someway of whitelisting commenters, I posted a request for assistance through the akismet site, and then found another blogger with similar problems. I think my only option is to turn off akismet, and to hope that they sort it out. I think I’ll leave my upgrade for a little while as well. 🙁