Testing Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin

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Just installed Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin (G.A.S.P).

This blog has been plagued by spambot comments, and I wanted to try something other than Akismet. G.A.S.P. works by adding to the comment form a simple checkbox which must be checked before the comment is accepted. The default prompt for the checkbox is Confirm you are NOT a spammer.

The key is that the box is generated via client side JavaScript that bots cannot see. I’ll keep you posted.

UPDATE @ 3/21/2016: As you can see in the comments, I stopped using G.A.S.P. and started using Shield, formerly WordPress Simple Firewall, in October, 2013. It’s my standard, go-to plugin for blog sites. As of this writing, it has a 4.9 rating (out of 5) based on 356 reviews.

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8 thoughts on “Testing Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin

  1. I have not received a single spam comment in the 58 days since I installed Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin for WordPress (G.A.S.P.).

    Prior to installing the plugin, I was getting 25-50 spambot comments a day. I did the math:
    G.A.S.P. has prevented between 1,450 and 2,900 spam comments in just under 2 months.

    Not bad.

    PS: I don’t know how well G.A.S.P. does on a busier blog. Share your experiences here.

  2. Hi Jeff,

    You might be be aware of the latest developments surrounding the GASP plugin and how spammers were getting through.

    Perhaps you haven’t had this same problem, but we decided to integrate GASP into the WordPress Simple Firewall plugin and add our own extra enhancements to make it even better 😀

    Let me know what ya think! Details of the enhancements are here: http://www.icontrolwp.com/2013/08/wordpress-simple-firewall-integrates-enhanced-gasp-comment-spam-protection/


  3. Update at 10/18/2013: Unfortunately, as Paul G. rightly mentioned above, spammers have learned how to circumvent the GASP plugin. I might very well be trying WP-Simple-Firewall some time soon.

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