Who doesn’t hate spam? Ever since blogs became common place, one thing that we have to worry about is spammers. It is like the constant battle of good vs. evil with the good folks finding means to defend themselves and others and the bad ones finding better means to attack the innocent ones!
Yawasp (Yet Another WordPress Anti-Spam Plugin) is one such plugin that uses an innovative approach to battle comment spam.
Most anti-comment-spambot-plugins focus on user interaction, e.g. captcha or math comment spam protection. Yawasp focuses on handling comment-spam-protection within WordPress. It replaces the names of the comment form fields with random names, protecting your blog from spambots that aim at the default comment field names. Furthermore it adds a blank field, hidden from the user, that needs to be left empty. In addition, the random field names are changed every 24 hours, giving a spambot no chance to adapt to the comment form.
- No extra field for user input (e.g. Captcha) required
- False-positives are nearly impossible
- No need to manage spam comments anymore
- Easy installation (automatic or manual)
The installation is more complicated than other plugins as it requires deal of manual intervention (in case the automatic editing fails). Upload the plugin and activate it.
Make the necessary changes in your theme files if necessary and you’re good to go.
The plugin will display the number of spambots blocked on the dashboard.
This plugin is another attempt to protect your blog from spam. However, I still don’t think that this is the first and last stop for protecting your blog.
For one, it only attempts to stop automated spambots attacking your comment form.
And it cannot protect you against manual comment spammers and trackback/pingback spam. Hence, you’d require another plugin like Akismet to form your secondary defense.
I recommend using this plugin if you have been able to identify that your primary amount of spam is spambots attacking your site. By installing this plugin, you’ll notice that with these spambots blocked, you’ll be required to take a look at a much smaller amount of spam in your spam queue.
What I would like to see is what spam is actually blocked by the plugin. The plugin does store which spambots are blocked over a 24 hour period, which works well. However, you won’t see any of the comments blocked.
In case your visitors start to report being blocked, you’ll need to check your comments.php to see if the code is properly installed. I suggest making a few test comments as well getting a few friends to test it out. From my experience, a lot of commenters will just not bother informing you in case they face problems commenting on your site.
So, which antispam plugins do you use? If you’re already using Yawasp, what has been your experience so far? What features would you like to see added?