Updated 12/9/10: My apologies for failing to make clear that I was contacted by someone from GrowMap and I also got responses on to my post. These nice folks were willing to help me resolve the issue, but their first suggestions didn’t solve the problem, and I simply don’t have time to continue to work on the issue. Since they report no one else has this problem, they believe it is a conflict with my theme or other plugins, and I chose to delete the new plugin rather than spend time trying to change what has been working for me.
Updated 12/5/10: Since I was unable to resolve the problem, I have returned to Akismet. Everyone should be able to comment now. Apologies for the inconvenience and thanks for your patience while I experimented.
Many bloggers are using the anti-spambot plugin with great success, but no one has been to determine why it doesn’t work for me. Don’t let my experience color your willingness to give it a try if you’re so inclined. The odds are it will work for you just fine.
In my last post about spam, commenter Keith Davis recommended GrowMap Anti-Spambot Plugin. I hadn’t tried it because I have been absolutely swamped, but today I decided it would save me a lot of time to go ahead and install it to avoid having so many spam comments end up in moderation. I used to go through spam comments to find legitimate comments falsely identified as spam, but lately I’ve had 100 or more spam comments every time I moderate, so I’ve just been deleting them wholesale.
Would you leave a comment to see if it works for you? If not, I’d really appreciate a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know so I can get to the bottom of the problem. And if you have any experience with this plugin and can give me any advice, please do so.