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The 411 on Akismet 26 April 2010

Posted by elisemchisholm in Tools & Tech.
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After talking about Akismet briefly in class the other day, I was curious to learn more. A quick search revealed the name is short for Automattic Kismet. Automattic, Inc. is a startup “from a handfull of people passionate about making the web a better place.” The group’s favorite definition of kismet, according to their FAQ page, is “the magnetic attractive force that actualizes the playing out of karma; often used in the positive sense.”

Below are a few Qs and As from Akismet’s website that I found helpful.

Q: How does it work?

A: Each time a new comment, trackback, or pingback comes to your site, Akismet runs extensive tests and provides a thumbs up or thumbs down.  When the plugin catches something as spam, it saves it in the database for 15 days.

Q: Can Akismet be used outside of WordPress?

A: Yes, it can be adapted for any application with submitted content, including forums, wikis, and content forms.

Q: Does Akismet work on non-English comments?

A: Yes. The system has users around the globe.

Q: Do I have to pay for Akismet?

A: Not for personal use (blogs generating less than $500 per month). Special pricing is available for nonprofits.

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