I was using the anti-spam plugin Akismet for a long time but I eventually stopped using it and moved to GASP (Growmap Anti Spam Plugin).
Akismet was not working for me at the time because it was actually too good at putting things in the spam folder.
How could it be TOO good?
It seems strange that it could be too good but it was. It was sending very valid non-spam comments right to my spam folder and I would never see them. Once in a while someone would email me and ask where their comment went and then when I checked the spam folder I would always find a lot of good comments that I never saw.
I’ve also been on the other side of Akismet’s too-goodness as a commenter. There was a time when all of the comments that I was leaving on blogs were going to the spam folders. Eventually someone told me that I needed to contact Akismet and get them to un-blacklist me.
They were very quick to respond and resolve the problem but I was tired of it all and that was the same time that most bloggers were making the switch from Akismet to GASP. So I made the switch too.
I was very happy with GASP …until recently.
A New Problem
I had to implement a very clear spam policy (you can see the rules on your right) after writing a post that expressed my great irritation with the large amount of spam comments that I was receiving.
Even though I would mark a particular comment as spam the same person would come back day after day and the comment would never find it’s way to the spam folder automatically no matter how many times I marked that person’s comment as spam.
On a regular basis I was getting up to 30-40 spam comments each day that I had to manually place into my spam folder. It was very time consuming to sift through all of those comments, reading each one to decide if it was spam or legit.
In fact it was such a chore that I started to really dread the task each day. I’m sure that if you been a regular commenter here you’ve noticed that I have only been replying to your comments a couple days a week.
Other bloggers suggested that I purchase the premium version of commentluv because it has greater anti-spam features in it’s version of the GASP plugin. I am not currently interested in spending that much money on a plugin at this point.
The New Solution
I decided to give another look at Akismet recently and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they have made some very pleasing changes between the time that I stopped using it and now.
I am very glad that I made the switch back to Akismet! It is solution that I have been looking for and so far has saved me a nice amount of time! It has a lot of new features that make it a great free anti-spam plugin for bloggers.
Spam comments go into the spam folder! I don’t have to waste my time marking the same people’s comments as spam day after day. I don’t even have to see them anymore!
Now there is the ability to see the url of the commentluv link so that you can easily remove it if it’s spam.
Preview the URL and easy removal. You can scroll over the url of the webpage that the commenter has provided and you will see a preview of the page. This saves a lot of time if you have questions about the type of site it is. You can click an “x” to remove the url if you do not want your site linking out to it. No more editing the entire comment!
Number of approved comments. Each comment shows how many approved comments that the author has on your blog. Though this feature is optional it is very handy!
To Your Success,