Why you should disable Akismet for BBPress?

This post is one of those lessons we learn the hard way. That is by committing a mistake and realising that we were wrong all along.

Akismet is the most popular anti-spam plugin for WordPress. It has a paid pricing plan as well. Since it is owned by Automatic (the company which runs WordPress), the trust factor is really high and it is one of those plugins which I install blindly on any WordPress site.

We run an extremely popular support forum for our product WPLMS now in its 7th year. The database is 2.4 million rows with over 250k posts/topics/replies. Because of such high number and no external database plugins except our own extensions. We never considered the possibility that something might be wrong in the way the data is handled.

However, last week we started to analyse this and found a major problem. The post meta table was getting huge, the order was 1gb.

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