Bad Behavior

I’ve been getting a lot of spam recently (Akismet has blocked a lot, but manually removing what gets through is getting tedious) along with a whole load of junk traffic in the logs. I’m also not a fan of CAPTCHAs or requiring logins, so I’ve decided to give Bad Behavior a try.

A potential downside is that Bad Behavior is quite brutal – if it doesn’t like you, Bad Behavior will block you completely. So if you can’t access the site or see anything odd – odder than normal – please drop me a mail (firstname dot lastname at If there are any major problems I’ll disable Bad Behavior.

I don’t expect any problems with the Planet (does Bad Behavior even kick in for RSS feed requests?) but this post is a bit of a test for that – and a heads up in case Bad Behavior takes a disliking to you and you wonder what happened.

4 Responses to “Bad Behavior”

  • LuHe says:

    Bad Behavior also blocked Googlebot on my website, maybe you should look out for that.

    • Stu says:

      Thanks, will do. The Bad Behavior FAQ claims it’s compatible with Google, Yahoo, MSN etc. Anyway, I’ll keep an eye on the logs to make sure it’s not blocking any of those.

  • Gail says:

    Do you have any research about Bad Behavior blocking real commentators? Their FAQ indicates the new version resolved an issue with temporarily blocking people in the past but that those incidents were quickly resolved.

    I would love to hear feedback on how well it works for you.

    • Stu says:

      Not really. I Googled a bit and didn’t see indications of major problems (of course, if someone gets blocked chances are you never find out). You can look through the bad behavior logs though to see what gets blocked and nothing in that list troubles me as a likely legitimate request at the moment