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Akismet vs. Disqus – A Tale of Two Comment Management Systems

439076-Royalty-Free-RF-Clip-Art-Illustration-Of-A-Cartoon-Woman-Overwhelmed-With-Junk-MailA few weeks ago, I posted an entry about how I felt like I was being failed by Akismet. Since posting that, I noticed an upswing in spam comments – to the tune of at least one spam comment per minute.



When I despaired about it on Twitter, Akismet told me to email them – but several days passed without a reply, and I was taking way too much time looking through spam to make sure no comments got lost in their journey to being posted.

Fast forward to today. I mentioned again that I couldn’t get my comments to work correctly, and so had limited posting to just those who were logged in and registered. @The7thMatrix piped up:

I was hesitant to go check out Disqus because I hate having to learn new blogging tricks (I’m still stuck on working out how to make AdSense work on my site, because the last time I tried it was very confusing and frustrating, but a few minutes later a friend PM’d me on Facebook to say that she hadn’t been able to leave a comment on my last entry.

Well, that was the final straw. What was the point of not getting spam if real commenters were going to get blocked, too?!

Signing up for Disqus was so easy that at first I wasn’t sure if what I’d done had worked. But sure enough, I went back to my page and not only did the comment field look different – someone had already left a comment using the new software! Without me having to personally approve it!

So if you’re looking for an easy way to get your blog comments working more efficiently, I recommend Disqus. Highly. Will keep everyone posted if I run into any hitches, but so far, I’m pretty darn pleased.

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I love your comments. Akismet, on the other hand…

I’m hoping someone out there can offer me some advice, because I’ve been looking for a solution to this issue for literally months and I’ve had enough.

Every. Single. Comment. That anyone leaves on my blog. Is getting eaten by my spam filter. As you can imagine, this is having a stifling effect on the conversations here, and it’s become really frustrating. I check my spam folder and approve comments on a regular basis, so it’s not as if comments get disappeared (in other words, PLEASE leave one if you have a solution!) but when even my own replies to comments get stuck in spam until I un-spam them, something is wrong.

I’m using Akismet to filter out spam comments (and there are a lot that are actually spam – handbag and luggage brands, weird SEO pitches, etc) and one solution I saw suggested was to up the number of links that are allowed in a comment before it’s proclaimed spam by the filter, but even that doesn’t seem to be working.

Does anyone either know what more I could do, or can you suggest an alternative spam filter that might work better? I’ll be checking the spam filter throughout the day and over the next few days, so please, please leave a comment if you have any ideas – and now you’ll know why it might take a little time to show up.

Thanks to everyone in advance.