GASP! A new spam comment plugin

A while back Ari Herzog wrote a blog post about a new comment spam filtering system called GASP. Ari decided to use it as an alternative to Akismet which is a very popular plugin that many bloggers use. I like Akismet it works, but very occasionally a good comment goes into spam and a bad one gets approved.

The think I dislike about Akismet is the fact that I have to trawl through loads of spam comments to check that there are not any legitimate ones stuck in there. However not any more… I hope.

GASP (which stands for Growmap Anti-Spambot Plugin) is a plugin which puts a little tick box in the comment box. All you have to do is remember to tick it and your comment will get through. If you create an account and are logged in you won’t need to tick the box, which is just as well as I am useless at remembering to!

This which is why I refrained from using it for this long. But I am really bored by the masses of spam comments now, so I am implementing the GASP plugin on my blog.

Tick the box and your comment is through, forget and you will see this message

I always forget too. You didn’t tick the box under the submit button and for that reason you are seeing this message. Go back and tick it and all will be good 🙂

Then just go back and tick the box. You will need to have javascript enabled for it to work, and if you don’t you will need to enable it to be able to comment.

GASP comment box

Tick the box under the submit button and all is good!

If you really hate the new box that you have to tick, it will go, but if it doesn’t bother you and it gives me more time to write, then it will stay.

As for Akismet, its future is uncertain. If GASP works really well then it may go, but currently I am leaving it on so that I can minimise spam.

If you are a blogger why not try GASP for yourself? I have, Ari has, Kieth has, Justin has, Chadrack has…

Happy spam free commenting 🙂

10 Responses

  • Nice write up for GASP Christopher.

    You know what I think – I think it’s a brilliant plugin.

    Don’t you just love it when a plugin does what it says it will do and it’s so easy to install.

    Looks as thogh GASP is taking over the world.

    • Not quite taking over the world, but yes I would agree, its a good plugin and lots of people are using it!

  • Christopher,
    This is the plugin I tried awhile back that didn’t work for me. I sure wish it would–I love the concept, and lots of blogs I comment on use it successfully. I think there’s a conflict between it and another plugin I use.

    • It all comes down to your blog Lillie doesn’t it. Remember we had that discussion where you told me how your blog was set up, and how it would be hard to change and how it was ‘not working’ as bits like the threaded comments just stopped working.

      If you need help rebuilding why not ask Ari Herzog he recently rebuilt his blog and moved it to a new domain, he may be able to give you some tips. Although I do apprechiate that you like your blog how it is.

      Just to end, guess how many spam comment I have had in the last few days… 0 😀 that’s right not 150 or 200, 0!

      Happy blogging Lillie, thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • I also use this plugin in my other blog but it is still penetrable by using a programmable spam program. But, yeah, at least it already reduce the significant spam numbers without hard commenting system for the readers.

    • It is a good plugin, I really like it, although I never knew that “it is still penetrable by using a programmable spam program”.

      Like you said it has reduced spam, and I am rather glad I am using with Akismet actually, as some user generated or as you say programmable spam is still getting through.

      GASP means I have a lot less spam comments to sift though, meaning that good comments that are caught by Akismet, like yours was (not sure why, you might want to contact them) I can easily find and free from spam. This means that less good comments (again like yours) get caught out 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by Dana, I hope to see you again in the near future, and I look forward to checking your blog out!

  • The plugin is defeatable with humans doing comment drops for companies or trying to steal SEO juice with keywords. But it does help a lot with most bots, combining with Simple Trackback Validation with Topsy Blocker is essential if you have trackbacks enabled.

    • True Justin, and as Dana said, spam programs which are clever enough to tick the box.

      I don’t really have a problem with trackback spam at the moment, but I could see it being of use in the future.

  • Hi Chris, a nice piece of post about GASP! Frankly, I’m one of those who thinks GASP will actually take the ‘market’ away from Akismet! It took me a long time to discover GASP but since then I’ve been happy with it because it simply what I wanted.

    And, thanks for the mention, truly grateful!

    • I am still using Akismet and teamed with GASP it’s working a treat!

      “And, thanks for the mention, truly grateful!” – You are most welcome 🙂

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