As much as I love using Akismet for getting rid of comment spam on my blogs, it is extremely frustrating that for some oddball reason, Akismet rarely catches spam that discusses Paris Hilton’s sex antics. I dutifully tag them as spam, but for whatever reason, Akismet won’t learn that Ms. Hilton’s shenanigans aren’t a real comment.
The same thing happens with email using SpamAssassin. Just this morning, one of my users complained to me about a bunch of messages that were getting through safely. I watched the logs and tweaked the SA rules a bit, so hopefully that will help that user.
I really like that SpamAssassin’s rules can be tweaked and modified as needed. But Akismet is a closed to the world, we throw data into it, and what comes out is what comes out. I see that in 2005 someone worked on integrating SpamAssassin into WordPress, but stopped development. I wonder if it should be taken up again? Or maybe just a new plugin is needed that allows WordPress blog owners to add in some custom rules. I don’t think the built-in “Comment Blacklist” is enough.