The 411 on Akismet
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.