Mar 08 2008
Well, that was interesting. A few days ago I took off the “turing test” from my comments page — it’s something a lot of websites have to filter out automated spambots without requiring everyone to register. I removed it to see if it was the reason for the low volume of comments I’ve received to date (although I suspected it was just the newness of the site, hardly anyone has heard of it yet, and there’s not a lot of content here yet.) Well, I did get a lot more comments — all of them spam. Everything from just one-line URLs to huge lists of non-sequitor phrases. Sigh.
I’ve put the test back in a somewhat simpler form. Meanwhile I’m looking at WordPress and some other blogsite software, which already has mechanisms for this (including registration, etc) built-in.