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Spam Karma Goes GPL

The comment spam filtering software used on this blog is Spam Karma. Three weeks ago, Dave, the author of the WordPress plugin, announced that Spam Karma has now gone GPL v2. I have been using this plugin exclusively for my comment spam since this blog has been up and running.

Prior to the plugin going GPL, Dave held the license as proprietary, keeping anyone from repackaging his hard work and making money off of it. However, he also stated on the site that if you asked, he would probably give you full permission to modify the code, and make amendments as necessary. Due to this disclaimer, I installed in on my blog. However, the reason for Dave making Spam Karma GPL has nothing to do with Free Software, but more to the fact that he is no longer supporting the utility, and hopes by making it GPL, the community will pick it up, and run with it. I hope so too, because while I'm a major proponent of Free Software, I won't run outdated, unsupported software either.

So, if you know PHP, and have a desire to help with a project, pick up Spam Karma. I know I would benefit from your efforts.

{ 4 } Comments

  1. Jonathan using Firefox 3.0.1 on GNU/Linux 64 bits | August 6, 2008 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Have you considered using Akismet? The plugin is GPL'ed.

  2. Will Langford using Firefox 2.0.0.14 on Windows NT | August 6, 2008 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Not only is Akismet GPL'ed, it is ran by WordPress and auto updated. I used to use SK, but I switched long ago and have never been happier. Also I believe it is leaner on the server.

  3. Aaron using Firefox 3.0.1 on GNU/Linux 64 bits | August 7, 2008 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    I like Akismet, however, some of the granularity of Spam Karma is rockin'. I tried making the switch a couple of times, but always came back to Spam Karma.

  4. Dave using Safari 525.20.1 on Mac OS | August 8, 2008 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the kind words of support Aaron...

    About Akismet: While its *client* certainly is GPLed, its core couldn't be further removed from the spirit of GPL. Not only do you not have the code for the server-side, but you don't even have any idea what happens there...
    "Security through obscurity" is indeed the point of Akismet... It's hardly the way open-source works, though...
    That being said, if Akismet works for you and you are happy with it, all's well!

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