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# Akismet

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> *Note:* Before 8.11 only issues submitted via the API and for non-project
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members were submitted to Akismet.

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GitLab leverages [Akismet](http://akismet.com) to protect against spam. Currently
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GitLab uses Akismet to prevent the creation of spam issues on public projects. Issues
created via the WebUI or the API can be submitted to Akismet for review.
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Detected spam will be rejected, and an entry in the "Spam Log" section in the
Admin page will be created.
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Privacy note: GitLab submits the user's IP and user agent to Akismet. Note that
adding a user to a project will disable the Akismet check and prevent this
from happening.

## Configuration

To use Akismet:

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1. Go to the URL: <https://akismet.com/account/>
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1. Sign-in or create a new account.
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1. Click on **Show** to reveal the API key.
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1. Go to Applications Settings on Admin Area (`admin/application_settings`)
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1. Check the **Enable Akismet** checkbox
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1. Fill in the API key from step 3.
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1. Save the configuration.
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![Screenshot of Akismet settings](img/akismet_settings.png)
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## Training

> *Note:* Training the Akismet filter is only available in 8.11 and above.

As a way to better recognize between spam and ham, you can train the Akismet
filter whenever there is a false positive or false negative.

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When an entry is recognized as spam, it is rejected and added to the Spam Logs.
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From here you can review if they are really spam. If one of them is not really
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spam, you can use the **Submit as ham** button to tell Akismet that it falsely
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recognized an entry as spam.

![Screenshot of Spam Logs](img/spam_log.png)

If an entry that is actually spam was not recognized as such, you will be able
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to also submit this to Akismet. The **Submit as spam** button will only appear
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to admin users.

![Screenshot of Issue](img/submit_issue.png)

Training Akismet will help it to recognize spam more accurately in the future.