It's Best if You Don't See This

22 Sep 2008

Posted by CrashTest_

I don't think much of Mollom on my Drupal site. It's not that I don't like it, actaully I freakin' LOVE it! It is just that I never, ever, have to think about it.

A couple of months ago I was told about Mollom by Josh Brauer and decided that I did indeed want to give it a try. It was supposed to be a site spam service, working as a Drupal module, to protect your site from being inundated with blog post spam, etc. It was supposed to be pretty much invisible, unless the Mollom service thought that the comment or post might be spam, then it would spring into action with Captcha check and nail the post as spam or ham as a result. It lives up to these expectations and more.

So, what makes Mollom different, from a end-user point of view, than the other spam solutions I have tried (Akismet, Spam Karma, etc.)? Nothing, or rather, you have to do nothing, which is a whole lot less than what you do with the others. In fact, you don't have to deal with queues, moderation, constant attention and emails about all of the above. In other words you don't have to do anything. Oh, yeah, and the fact that it just plain works. I have yet to see a spam on my site.

What's crazy is that until this morning, when I got an email letting me know that Mollom was out of beta and now you could buy a subscriptions for their bigger-site service, I had actually completely forgotten that I had it installed. I thought that it might not be on, but when I went into my Mollom admin, I saw to my surprise that it had blocked almost 100 spams from my tiny site in the last 30 or so days.

Oh yeah, and those stats that I was looking at, yeah, they are SHINY! Look at that nice graph, it fills my designy heart with happiness :)

Mollom Stats

I hope I didn't put you off with the words "Buy" and "Subscription", because Mollom is always free for sites with less than 100 comments/posts per day. They offer this because, in Dries' words "We make Mollom Free available for free because we think that making spam protection available to as many sites as possible is the right thing to do." Nice.

Mollom was contrived by Dries Buytaert who also brought us the awesomeness that is Drupal as well as the RedHat of the Drupal world, Acquia (I ask you, does he do anything that isn't awesome?).

Ok, now that I have put my thoughts down about Mollom, I can go back to forgetting about it. Some things are best when they aren't seen :)

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