Blogs are handy. They allow us to easily make information available to a wide variety of audiences. They also allow readers to post comments, providing a way for authors and readers to interact that isn’t possible on traditional websites. But with this useful feature comes an annoyance: spam comments.
Our blogging software, WordPress, uses a comment monitoring system called Akismet to help monitor comments made on our blogs. While this software filters out a vast percentage of spam, it isn’t perfect. As a result, we also have a system set up on most blogs to further manually moderate comments from unknown commenters.