I use Akismet to fight blog spam. These past few days I’ve been getting a lot of spam comments. Yesterday morning alone, I found 61 spam comments caught by Akismet overnight. So far, of the 869 spam comments that Akismet has caught, there have been only a few that were able to get through.
Even though Akismet has been doing a good job, I wanted to eliminate as much spam comments as I could. Then last night, while I was browsing and searching for WordPress plugins, I came across a particular plugin called Challenge.
Challenge is a WordPress plugin based on and improved over Steve Herod’s “Did you pass math?” plugin, Challenge restricts comment spam by throwing the commenter a challenge. The default challenge is an addition and multiplication math question.
I’m sure this is not something new for some of you guys because I’ve seen it implemented it in your blogs. Some use an image with a random string of characters that you have to type in a blank box. I just wanted to share my experience and what I’ve learned from it. Since I implemented this plugin, I haven’t got a spam comment. If you still get spam comments in your blog, try the Challenge plugin and see if it works for you.
Click here to download the Challenge plugin.