WordPress, the program I use to write this blog, has an excellent spam filter called Akismet. And it’s a good thing, as the spambots attempt to post hundreds of messages to this blog each week. The problem is that occasionally there are false positives and a legitimate message gets banished to the ether. While Akismet saves all the tagged-as-spam comments, allowing me to review and de-spam them, it’s a royal pain in the neck to wade through the muck every few days searching (hoping?) for that one legitimate post.
So, I’ve installed one o’ them CAPTCHA thingies. That’s the doohickey where you have to type in a random word before your comment is submitted. I know that some poeple find them to be a pain in the arse, but I’ve tried to minimize the pain by choosing a “fun” set of possible words.
The one really annoying thing about this change is that if you enter the word incorrectly, you will probably lose your post and will have to retype the whole thing. I’m working on figuring out a way to fix that.