Akismet is derived from “Automattic Kismet”. The first word is the company that Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress started.
Kismet is a Turkish word that meant “fate”, “fortune” and “destiny”. It is a direct derivative from Arabic قسمة (Qismah, or Qismat) which literally means “share”. The same word is used in Urdu, Hindi, Bosnian and Serbo-Croatian.
In Islamic theology, everything is preordained. This concept was however taken to its fatalistic ends in recent centuries, making it an excuse for not acting on anything for some.
The word play here is that each comment get a kismet depending on its content.
Apparently the WordPress anti-spam filter (Akismet*) works via heuristics. That is, it learns by being told over many submitted comments which ones are in fact spam and which are not.
Much like email checkers. But, but, but…
Surely there are some ground rules (apart from the weak “≤ 2 hyper-links per comment” rule) which will recognise rudimentary spam ? Apparently not.
In a Google search on the subject the advice is if you, gentle reader, fail to see your pearls of wisdom either straight away or at least “soon”, there should be an email address displayed somewhere on the Blog so that you can inform the Admin.
What do you think ?
* Does Akismet mean Fate ? As in the hands of the gods ?
May 26, 2008, 12:07 AM Ok. I figured out the problem. These comments that aren’t going through are because they are being routed into the spam filters of those blogs we comment on. This is a recent issue. People are having problems commenting on my blog as well. I have to keep fetching them from my spam filter. They are innocuous comments. And it’s odd that the spam engine is calling these comments “spam” even though these comments don’t have any links or abusive text of any kind.I will forward this on to the support team in hopes that this issue will be resolved soon.
Here is a comment I submitted (as Bob) in response to an article:
One Response to “New great avatar” Bob Says: July 11, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Reply edit
Very nice looking young fellow.
Seems to be very familiar. Has he made guest appearances on Deutsche Welle TV ?
It was tagged as spam although it is patently innocuous. Not a single Hyper-Link and no hint of any need for Admin Vetting. And especially as the first comment from Bob was OK’ed. Subsequent comments should be accepted.
Can anyone with WordPress experience explain this feature 🙂 ?
Custom characters – only 8bit ASCII, not √ ∞ , but you can paste from word, so maybe that will import more fonts.
The A only gives colours or colors, as the spell checker does not like the former.
ไทย ไก่ in Thai copy/paste from OO appears OK here, we’ll see how it appears later. Character encoding is copied. not the font.