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 🙂

ReplyMe

On Wednesday I installed a plugin which allowed you to subscribe to comments. The problem is, you didn’t just get notified of replies to your comment, but you got sent everyone’s comment.
ReplyMeThis system was in place until today when I decided to try a plugin called ReplyMe, after reading about how Ari Herzog had just installed it on his blog.
I have updated the comment policy in line with these changes, so you know exactly what happens when you comment. Below is an excerpt of the page, explaining the update:

Some blogs give you the option to subscribe to all other comments on an article, in a hope that a reply to your comment may be amongst them. I think this is a bit impersonal however, so I have installed a plugin called ReplyMe.

ReplyMe sends you an email, when your comment has a reply. The email has your original comment in it, along with the reply and a link to the comment on my blog so that you can carry on the conversation. This means you don’t have to remember to subscribe to the comments and it keeps your inbox free of other comments, which aren’t related to yours.

Happy commenting – why not post a comment and I will reply to show you how this new feature works 🙂