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Anti-spam plugin Akismet updated

Akismet, the anti-spam plugin created by WordPress founding developer Matthew Mullenweg, has been updated to version 1.15. The new version now tells you, via a tooltip, on which blog article or page a suspected spam comment or trackback has been posted.

When your mouse cursor hovers over the View Post link in the Akismet moderation panel, a tool tip will appear with the title of the post.

Iíve been waiting for the download link to be updated until early this morning. Hours after the blog article announcing the 1.15 update was posted, the download link still pointed to version 1.14.

I checked the link just now and itís now pointing to the new version. I promptly downloaded it and updated my blog. Upgrading is a breeze, I just replaced the Akismet file in the server. Iíll be upgrading the Akismet plugins in the other blogs I help manage.

Akismet is a great anti-spam plugin for WordPress, Phorum, PixelPost, Serendipity and Movable Type. Ever since Iíve installed it, the management of spam comments and trackbacks has been relatively easy. In fact, I wasnít getting spam in the moderation panel for a long time.

The problem on spam clogging up the moderation queue only arose again starting last week. Itís because of a huge spike in the number of spam and a mid-week systems error encountered by Akismet.

By Max Limpag

Max is a journalist and blogger based in Cebu City, Philippines. He is co-founder of the journalism start-up InnoPub Media.