A couple weeks back I installed Michael Hampton’s Bad Behavior plugin for WordPress. Seemed to have a attracted a lot of positive comments while I’ve been drowning in spam, so I figured, what they heck.
Well, it turns out that this is a pretty heavy duty solution that can bring some unintended consequences.
For one thing, forget about going directly to your WordPress blog from your Gmail account. Bad Behavior blocks the Google proxy.
Though you can edit BB’s whitelist.inc.php file to ignore TechMeme’s IPs (188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, and 220.127.116.11), Tom hasn’t seen any success yet.
With Akismet’s recent nap, I’m going to leave BB running for awhile longer with the IPs whitelisted and see what happens. Unlike Tom, I’m not that concerned about getting on TechMeme, but it is kind of a bummer that we haven’t found a simple and reliable solution yet.