catch-22! again!

dot com users complain that all comments in Hindi or Korean get labelled as spam.

Now, Akismet was developed for English language blogs and I honestly don’t know whether it was tested with any other charsets. A quick glance at the mailing list for testers suggests not (there is just a guy being pleasantly surprised that it handles Dutch).

I suspect you might need to get a critical mass of people blogging in Hindi/Korean and marking their comments as non-spam in order to ‘teach’ it that these unfamiliar characters are in fact OK. But are you going to use Akismet if it gobbles up all comments in your language of choice? Uh, no. Unless you are on wordpress.com, in which case you are locked into it and must continue to rescue your discussions from the hungry maw of the automated spameater, hoping that one day it will understand that not everyone in the world speaks American.

1 Comment »

  1. ray said

    Akismet randomly broke on my blog and decided not to let anyone post comments. It wouldn’t show the comments, stick them in the moderation queue or anything. What it would do is tell posters that they had made a duplicate post though. I had to turn it off.

    Ironically, by checking the spam queue, I found it had in fact been doing it’s job in the war on spam.

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