I’m glad & thankful that I’m using Spam Karma instead of Spaminator!! Spaminator’s developer Kitty seems to have abandoned its development. What a pity, it was a good plugin with a good approach!! 🙁
Anyway, life moves on, & 12 days ago, to my horror, I saw that there were 125 comments in moderation & only 5-6 of them were legitimate, the rest was SPAM about pills or poker or other stuff!! 😯 Spaminator had screwed it up big time & I decided that it was time to let it go!! I had installed Spam Karma on the diGit Blog to see how it does & it has done well there, blocking all SPAM!! So I decided to go with it & till this date, Spam Karma has not let me down, blocking 600+ spam comments in the last 12 days, with an average of 50 comments per day!! 😉 Ofcourse, I keep my blacklist updated with Simon’s Blacklist. 😀
Yay to Spam Karma!! :grin::wink:
So I have installed Spam Karma also. It seems really cool, though a bit confusing the first look. What tips and tricks do you have for me? What do I do with Simon’s Blacklist? Teach me these things Amit and I will be eternally greatful 😉
Thanks for the links and recommendation 😀
why do you need it in the first place? 😉
Ok, just kidding!! You can get an idea about Spam Karma settings at http://www.jonabad.com/spamkarma/sk_doc.html I do hope that you read the documentation that came with it. This page will tell you more about Spam Karma & its settings, however also mentioned along with each setting option is its use/meaning. I don’t have any tips-n-tricks on it for you, just keep your blacklist updated. Also, set the option to get a digest instead of every deleted comment & set the digest to send on every 10 messages. If you start getting these digests often then that means that you are getting a lot of spam so setting the digest limit to a higher number will be a bit better. I’ve set it to 50 on this blog & I get atleast 1 digest every day.
Also, don’t use RBL, its checked by default in Spam Karma options but uncheck it & save the options, as using RBL will result in legitimate comments being deleted as well, because of IPs. I had a guy who was posting legit comments at the diGit Blog & they were being deleted by Spam Karma. Only when I disabled RBL checking, he was able to post any comments. If you keep your blacklist updated, then there’s no need for RBL.
In the options page, you have a section about Blacklist Management. It has a default URL of http://www.unknowngenius.com/blog/blacklist/. Keep that URL saved in a text file or something so that you can use that as well later. However in that field, paste Simon’s Blacklist’s URL. He updates his blacklist regularly & manually approves every entry into it, so you can trust him. You can also update from my blacklist https://igeek.info/my_blacklist.txt. It is bigger than Simon’s as it has Simon’s Blacklist as well as my own blacklist of IPs & eMails & URLs etc. of people who were spamming me & also blacklists of some other reliable sources. I haven’t updated it in a while but its still good. Just paste the URL of the blacklist you want to use & save & then click the Update Blacklist button. Then same procedure for the next blacklist & so on. You can keep Simon’s blacklist saved in it at last & set the option to update the blacklist every 2-3 days, & be sure to visit this options page regularly otherwise it doesn’t update blacklist(I’m not sure about it but I think I’m right) by itself.