I maintain a few personal websites, one of the closest to my heart is phoDak, a photoblog. I wrote the site using ASP.NET about two years ago and intended it to be a low key, personal area to post pictures. I had absolutely no validation on comments and my "what will be" attitude worked for a long time until about a week ago when I saw a comment spam link to porn right off the most recent picture. No longer avoidable, I looked into a few ways to block unwanted comments and came up with a hybrid approach:
1. Use a photo/word as validation for a human user, just like Jeff Atwood's blog.
2. I heard about Akismet from Phil Haack who mentioned it in passing on a Dot Net Rocks episode. I found a free library and wrote about 10 lines of code:
AkismetManager akismetManager =
new AkismetManager("my key", "my site");
string ip =
AkismetItem item =
new AkismetItem(ip, Request.UserAgent.ToString());
Q.E.D., really. Somewhat Mort-ish for me to lean solely on the library but it works beautifully: my spam comments since implementation remain at absolute zero.