For no reason
…other than a try-out and also the current anti-spam plugins miss the odd bit of comment spam, I’ve now switched off TanTanNoodles’ Spam filter and am giving WP-SpamFree another try plus another plugin, AVH. I’ve left Akismet running regardless.
This now promises a lot, so it’s worth another shot. Two years ago when I tried it, it had interactions with various other plugins, so I dropped it. Since that time, the whole WordPress code has improved tremendously, as anyone who now uses it will know. Visit plugin site
AVH First Defense Against Spam
This is a new one for me. It uses the external databases of known spammers and their IP addresses as a blocking filter. This is similar to anti-spam email programs like Mailwasher Pro that I use, so it seems to be “a good thing”. This feature is optional, but it’s the most attractive part, IMHO.
It uses either or both of these two services for which an API key is needed. The key is free in each case.
Now it’s a case of “wait and see”. Visit plugin site