I really hate that I have to even consider this, but I'm thinking that I need to do something to stop the recent spate of spam comments. Over the past couple of days it's been a growing flood of spam, with my inbox overflowing with links to Russian pr0n or discount fake handbags and whathaveyou. It's disappointing to see 20 new messages and find only one real comment, and 19 spam comments.
But worse is that more and more of these comments are making it through the spam filter and getting posted. I don't know what the deal is with Blogger, but comments with multiple links in the past have always been s**t-canned - and now they're making it onto the blog. I refuse to reward these @$$holes with the light of day - that can only encourage them, because I'm sure they're getting *some* clickthroughs.
I'm going to give it another couple of days, and if it doesn't improve, I'm going to have to do one of two things:
a) Turn off anonymous comments. I really don't want to do this, because I know there's a number of folks that comment that way. I certainly don't want to alienate anyone who wishes to comment anonymously; I suspect/fear that a good number simply won't comment rather than register;
b) Turn back on captcha. I also don't really want to do this, because I often find the phrase illegible and have to make multiple entries before I can get it right when I comment on blogs that have captcha enabled. This also can discourage folks from commenting, and I don't want that, either.
So, here I am, the blogging comment equivalent to Scylla and Charybdis. Either I leave comments unmoderated and deal with the torrent of spam, or I take steps to stem the flow and risk losing comments. I really appreciate and enjoy the comments left - when they are real comments, that is. If someone wants to use my blog to promote their website, I'm happy to discuss terms for adding them to the sidebar - but I'll be damned if some spambot's gonna do it for free.
Just curious how others have handled this or would like to see it resolved...
That is all.