My site recently (finally) started to get hit by automated comment spam. There are few ways that one can traditionally deal with this sort of thing:
I decided to go with the last option, as offered by Akismet, the fine folks who also provide Gravatar (which I have talked about before). They have a free API (for personal use) that is really easy to integrate into whatever project you are working on.
Now it is time to try it out. I've been averaging about a dozen automated spam comments a day. With luck, none of them will show up here.
*crosses his fingers *
I was just in touch with Akismet support to offer them a suggestion regarding their documentation. Out of nowhere they took a look at the API calls I was making to their service and pointed out how I could modify it to make my requests more effective in catching spam!
That is spectacular support!
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