How Has the Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin, GASP, Been Working For Me?

I started using GASP, the Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin, about a year ago. Every couple of months, I have updated it to the newest version. Here’s my review of how it has been working for me.

Has GASP Caused Any Problems for Readers Trying to Comment?

I have not had any complaints from readers about any difficulties in adding a comment. I also have had a steady stream of comments from readers who use the internet often and those who don’t. I’d say that GASP seems to be working well.

Does GASP Reduce the Amount of Spam and Junk Comments I Receive?

Yes.

I recently ran a test. I turned off the GASP plugin from 8:34 a.m. one Monday till 9:44 a.m. the next Tuesday. This was during the summer when I generally receive fewer comments.

On the previous day, the Sunday, I received 30 spam and junk comments even though GASP was working.

On the day that GASP was disabled, I received 256 spam and junk comments.

In other words, GASP is probably blocking about 220 spam and junk comments a day. That’s about 7 times more junk than I get with GASP working.

Obviously, if your site gets more undesirable comments per day, you may find GASP makes a bigger difference.

Do I Customize GASP?

I have set it so that comments where the “name” field contains more than two words are sent automatically to my Spam box. That means comments from real people who use names like “James @ Making More Money”  end up in the Spam but I figure they shouldn’t be using their website name in their Name anyway, so that’s fine with me.

I also sometimes change the Checkbox Name and enable the Secret Key.

  1. To make these changes, login to your administrator account.
  2. From the list on the left side of the screen, click on Plugins.
  3. Under the description of GASP, click on Settings.
  4. In the field Checkbox Name type a variation.
  5. If you want to, while you’re in here, click to check the box beside Use Secret Key.
  6. Type a new secret key, if desired.
  7. In the Heuristics section, beside the “Maximum number of words allowed in name field” line, in the text box, I type 2.
  8. Click on the button: Save Changes.

What Else Do I Do to Reduce the Number of Spam and Junk Comments I Receive?

In addition to using GASP, I also have a simple control measure set up within WordPress.
I send comments to Spam if they contain more than 2 URLs in the text of the comment. That doesn’t catch very many but it gets a few.

  1. To make this change, sign in as the administrator.
  2. From the links on the left side of the screen, click on Discussion.
  3. In the Comment Moderation section, click on the downwards pointing arrowhead to change the “Hold a comment in the queue if it contains” field to 2.
  4. Click on the button: Save Changes.

Will I Continue to Use GASP?

Yes.

I think GASP is providing me with a useful tool in controlling Junk and Spam comments. And since it’s free, the price is right!


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