Recently, I saw a new anti spam plug-in listed on WordPress’ plug-in repository called “AntiSpam Bee”. Although the name of the plug-in was kinda cute, it didn’t make me feel like trying it, at first. I thought this is just another “the-ultimate-anti-spam” wannabe but today, I decided to try it out anyway.
To my surprise, this new WordPress comment anti spam plug-in looks like a winner, for now.
Why you should love AntiSpam Bee
- AntiSpam Bee uses only a few lines of code (uses almost no resources to execute)
- AntiSpam Bee is not like Akismet or Defensio where you need to validate all comments (including the spam comments)
- AntiSpam Bee is not another captcha (or math queries) plug-in. It keeps your readers happy.
- AntiSpam Bee doesn’t store any information (no database installation needed).
- AntiSpam Bee doesn’t require any template modification (just install and activate).
- AntiSpam Bee also protects against pingbacks and trackbacks.
How AntiSpam Bee works
You can find out how it works on the official page of the plug-in. The bad news is that it’s in German. The good news is I had a rough translation (using one of my Firefox translator plug-in) here:
Okay, it may not be so clear after all but it has something to do with the plug-in adding a dummy comment field form and hiding the real one with the CSS code “display:none”. Looking at the source after the plug-in has been activated, I could see these lines on my comment form:
<textarea name=”comment-7dec5″ cols=……..></textarea><textarea name=”comment”….style=”display:none”>
So it looks like AntiSpam Bee really tricks the spam bot comments to go to an invalid comment field. The dummy field name seems to be different on every post, so I hope that it’s enough to shoo the bots away. But honestly speaking, I’m just guessing here so I don’t really want to look like I know exactly what the plug-in is doing.
“I still don’t trust AntiSpam Bee!”
Same here! I never trust any automated anti spam plug-ins simply because I don’t want it to catch genuine comments as spam comments. Not to worry, there is a setting on AntiSpam Bee to mark the comment as spam rather than automatically delete it away. I encourage you to tick on this first to give you more confidence in using AntiSpam Bee.
I ‘ve already turned off my captcha anti spam plug-in and activated Antispam Bee. Spam comments were caught straight after as you can see here in my screenshot:
Three comments were all caught by Defensio as spam comments. AntiSpam Bee only marks 2 comments as spam. Guess what, the first comment is actually a genuine comment (I can confirm it) and AntiSpam Bee didn’t catch it as a spam. So thumbs up for AntiSpam Bee here! I like what I see so far.
AntiSpam Bee is a winner, for now
I’m not sure how effective and bullet-proof this method is so I’m hoping that the spammers won’t catch up that quickly. When they’ve found how AntiSpam Bee works, I hope that it’s not easy/possible to break. The fact that the method is so transparent probably proves that AntiSpam Bee is uncrackable. I’m not too sure. What do you think?