This is Jay, checking in on Patterico’s dear friends for yet another technical update.
Last time I left a post on here I was explaining the issues with false positives from some users being marked as spam by Spam Karma 2, which was the anti-spam security measure I implemented after Bad Behavior started showing more holes than Gorgonzola. One measure that SK2 used—commenter granularity—could not be reconciled with the large number of existing comments on a site like this. It caused a large grievance among those whose comments would post successfully, only to be retro-spanked by SK2 after a little bit more server-side, invisible processing. Turning off that feature on SK2, however, left this blog open to far more undesirable comments from even further undesirable people’s undesirable, destructive creations. Yes, the darned spam bots were allowed in here far too many times touting the benefits of larger breasts.
Hopefully, the false positives will stop after a while and the plastic-surgery–related comments would finally be staved off with the implementation of Akismet, Matt Mullenweg‘s anti-spam baby. This comes with no promises of course, but I hope that results would be tangible over the next 24 hours, that way I can do something about it if this still doesn’t work.
Take note, however, that no anti-spam measure truly is foolproof. Any spammer can set up all sorts of virtual hosts to produce trackback spam that resolve to a junk site full of links to those foolish enough to pay for them… Oh, but I ramble too much. Basically I hope that this works better for Patterico and all y’all, ‘coz this is almost a last resort short of requiring registration—more painless than you might think—for anyone who wants to leave a comment.