A blog is like a house in some ways. If you go away for a while and leave it uninhabited, when you come back you’ll find it full of dust, cobwebs, and nasty cockroaches under the furniture. The cockroaches, in this case, are spammers. For the past year, they’ve been using the comments section of my old posts to advertise designer clothing, drugs of questionable origin, and other such junk.
Well, I’ve had enough. I’ve just swept out all the spam comments, and installed a reCAPTCHA plugin on my comments page. From now on, anyone who leaves a comment on my blog will have to solve a reCAPTCHA challenge first. Which will not only stop automated spambots, but it will also help convert old books to digital form!
Huh? How does that work, you ask? Here’s how reCAPTCHA works. Clever, isn’t it?
So please leave comments — because you’ll be helping archive old newpapers, books, and radio programs in the process!
UPDATE: Trusting in reCAPTCHA alone is not going to work: the spammers are still getting through. I’m going to close comments entirely, because only spammers are commenting on a blog this old anyway. If you are the rare exception and want to comment on something I’ve written, send me an email. What’s my email address? Well, you can find my name on the “About Me” page. Take my first name and last name, put a period between them, and you have my Gmail address.
So goodbye spammers, this time for good.