Happy birthday to me... bye-bye spamBy Benjamin Howarth on
One of the things that has bugged me is that Akismet, the included comment spam protection service, is only licensed for non-commercial usage, and if you want to run a "commercial" blog (however you want to define that), then you have to pay them some money. Now, that's all well and good, but as a true Socialist (I vote Lib Dem, for anyone who wants to know) I believe that certain basics in life should either be free or be at substantially reduced cost - healthcare, education, anti-virus software, operating systems, CMS software... OK mostly software. I think spam-fighting kit, with 87% of the Internet's traffic being made up of spam in one form or another, is now a basic essential, and the right of every good Internet citizen to possess at the very least basic security to guard against it.
Anyway, I've found Akismet's "commercial" clause a little wooly in the past, as a site that isn't e-commerce, nor has adverts, may still be run by a company (hey, we're putting a blog on the new Code Gecko site), and therefore is techncially "commercial" in nature. Where does one draw the line? Answer: by making it free - as in both free speech and free beer.
So on this note, I decided to hunt out some free blog comment spam systems that would gladly allow commercial use, and found two of particular note:
- BlogSpam.net - a nice open-source option, with a hosted service for those who don't want to run their own service, written by Steve Kemp. I reckon this'd be ideal for high-traffic sites, cause it gives you the option of running your own, which you can then performance-tweak as and when you want.
- Pros - no API keys;
- Cons - few .NET wrappers (see below).
- TypePad AntiSpam by the guys from Six Apart.These are the same guys that introduced the concept of TrackBacks, letting bloggers "ping" each other instead of just pinging blog aggregate services - an implementation of this is coming in Blog4Umbraco v3. Their implementation is great cause it's the identical API to Akismet, but with the "commercial use allowed" clause - great.
The BlogSpam.net API wrapper is MIT-licensed, as is pretty much all my open-source stuff.
Joel.Net's Akismet wrapper is 3-clause-BSD-licensed, so I can't take credit for anything except one line of code which changes the API URL from api.akismet.com to api.antispam.typepad.com - look Ma, no hands.
I gladly released this on March 14th - aka International Pi Day (3/14... groan), and the birthday of Albert Einstein (14/3/1879, 132nd anniversary), Quincy Jones Jr. and Sir Michael Caine (both 14/3/1933, aged 78), Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's (14/3/1951, aged 60), and yours truly (14/3/1987, aged 24).
Happy birthday to me, and enjoy!