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Akismet ( is a collaborative spam filtering service. Rakismet is easy Akismet integration with Rails and rack apps. TypePad's AntiSpam service and generic Akismet endpoints are supported.

Getting Started

Once you've installed the Rakismet gem and added it to your application's Gemfile, you'll need an API key from the folks at WordPress. Head on over to and sign up for a new username.

Configure the Rakismet key and the URL of your application by setting the following in an initializer or application.rb:

config.rakismet.key = 'your wordpress key'
config.rakismet.url = ''

If you wish to use another Akismet-compatible API provider such as TypePad's antispam service, you'll also need to set to your service provider's endpoint.

Adding Rakismet to Your Application

First, introduce Rakismet to your model:

class Comment
  include Rakismet::Model

Rakismet sends the following information to the spam-hungry robots at Akismet:

author        : name submitted with the comment
author_url    : URL submitted with the comment
author_email  : email submitted with the comment
comment_type  : 'comment', 'trackback', 'pingback', or whatever you fancy
content       : the content submitted
permalink     : the permanent URL for the entry the comment belongs to
remote_ip     : IP address used to submit this comment
user_agent    : user agent string
referer       : http referer (note the HTTP-style spelling.)

By default, Rakismet just looks for attributes or methods on your class that match these names. You don't have to have accessors that match these exactly, however. If yours differ, just tell Rakismet what to call them:

class Comment
  include Rakismet::Model
  attr_accessor :commenter_name, :commenter_email
  rakismet_attrs :author => :commenter_name,
                 :author_email => :commenter_email

Or you can pass in a proc, to access associations:

class Comment < ActiveRecord::Base
  include Rakismet::Model
  belongs_to :author
  rakismet_attrs :author => proc { },
                 :author_email => proc { }

Checking For Spam

Rakismet provides three methods for interacting with Akismet:

  • spam?

Simply call @comment.spam? to get a true/false response. True means it's spam, false means it's not. (In case of an error, @comment.spam? will also return false. If you want to make sure your Akismet requests are behaving properly, you can check @comment.akismet_response. Anything other than "true" or "false" means you got an error. But as long as you're collecting the data above, it's probably safe to rely on @comment.spam? alone.)

  • ham! and
  • spam!

Akismet works best with your feedback. If you spot a comment that was erroneously marked as spam, @comment.ham! will resubmit to Akismet, marked as a false positive. Likewise if they missed a spammy comment, @comment.spam! will resubmit marked as spam.

Optional Request Variables

Akismet wants certain information about the request environment: remote IP, the user agent string, and the HTTP referer when available. Normally, Rakismet asks your model for these. Storing this information on your model allows you to call the spam? method at a later time, e.g. you're putting your comments into an administrative queue or using a background job to process them.

You don't need to have these three attributes on your model, however. If you choose to omit them, Rakismet will instead look for a current request object and ask it for the values instead.

This means that if you are not storing request variables, you must call spam? from within the controller action that handles comment submissions. That way the IP, user agent, and referer will belong to the person submitting the comment. If you were to call spam? at a later time, the request information would be invalid.

If you've decided to handle the request variables yourself and would like to disable the middleware responsible for inspecting each request, add this to your app initialization:

config.rakismet.use_middleware = false

Copyright (c) 2008 Josh French, released under the MIT license

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