Spam is one of those few things in life that doesn’t polarize opinion.
Everyone hates spam. Even spammers hate spam. When I browse through the spam folder on my blog (which I occasionally do to check that no genuine comments have been caught), the absurdity of the spam comments never ceases to amaze me.
I assume that there must be some worth in these attempts to gain backlinks, but it is difficult to believe how.
And this is where WP Pineapple comes in. Whilst Akismet runs a series of tests to ascertain whether or not a comment is genuine or spam, WP Pineapple takes a rather more straightforward approach:
The principle is simple – computers can’t tell the difference between pieces of fruit. It will not of course stop human web spammers (of which there are a growing number), but it should stop all spambots.
I say should, because this plugin (in its current guise) could be hacked. But in reality, it will likely never become popular enough for someone to write a script that specifically targets it.
So, if you’re looking for a bit of light-hearted spam protection that might cause your visitors mirth rather than frustration, check WP Pineapple out!
Creative Commons photo courtesy of Bruno Girin