SpamKarma going open source

Hmmm. I’m not sure what this means for my blog, but Dave of the awesome SpamKarma is no longer developing this tool, he has instead made it open source so that some other group can take over. I love this tool! I’ve recommended it often in blogging classes and now I have to figure out what this new development means. Dave cites the following reasons for this change in license:

1) Life.
Much as I love the challenge and excitement of coding an anti-spam filter and thinking up new tricks to defeat parasitic life-forms of the web, I just don’t have the time anymore. And to be honest, if I did have the time, I probably would have other challenging, exciting new projects I’d rather tackle. I’m fickle like that.

2) WordPress
I will really try to keep that one short, because I could probably write a novel of that. And it wouldn’t be a very interesting read.

In a word: WordPress kinda sucks nowadays. Its retarded upgrade rate makes it nearly impossible to keep up, in turn making it a constant security threat on my servers. And each time I finally cave in and install one of those “mandatory security upgrade”, it also installs 600 Ko of other theme compatibility-breaking fluffy crap that I never asked for in the first place. Usually setting the ground for the next cycle of security-exploit-rushed-upgrade. To sum up, it’s become incredibly bloated and tedious to support. Replacing it on my own servers is very high on my list of things to do (which means somewhat in the first 1000 items).

Having no interest for WordPress anymore, I have thus very little interest for WordPress-related development.

As for WP coming bundled with its own anti-spam plugin, I could also go on for hours on that. The fact that a community-based open-source project is used to distribute a commercially licensed piece of software doesn’t make me particularly happy. But frankly I haven’t cared and still don’t care enough to even raise a stint. At any rate I know lots of people (me included, obviously), aren’t convinced by the way Akismet works and are happier doing the filtering on our own servers, so there is definitely room for SK2-like plugins out there.

Anyway, thanks everybody for your support all these years and let’s gather a round of applause for our brand new Spam Karma GPL Edition!

As for myself, I can say that Akismet does not catch all of my spam – hence the install of SpamKarma. What are others out there thinking about this development?


  1. NNNNOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE Spam Karma! And spammers love my blog. Dangit. Hoping that someone picks up Spam Karma’s open source and runs with it.

  2. Yippee! The only times I’ve noticed Spam Karma 2, I’ve been left hoping that its user gets reincarnated as tinned chopped meat. Maybe I only notice it when it malfunctions, but it doesn’t seem a good way to fight spam.

  3. MJ,

    Not that I want to take you away from the more important open source project (Koha) but maybe you should take over this one and make it awesome!!

    From a blog owner’s perspective, this tool is the only thing stopping me from getting posts on drugs that my readers don’t want to read about – even with Akismet on and installed.

  4. I’m finding that TypePad Antispam and Sitewide Comment Moderation (a plugin I’ll release soon after WPMU 2.6) are working well for me, so I don’t have a need for SK2. SK2 seems a horrible plugin, with its eyetests and so on.

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