Perhaps it’s due to the infrequency of my posts of late, but I have recently become besieged by spam comments to several of my posts. Given that this isn’t a widely read blog in the first place, these numbers are getting more and more rampant. Several posts are now receiving more than 30 such comments each per day. The post on Edwin S. Fitzhenry is currently leading, closely followed by Back in the Saddle and the Civil War Cavalry Forum, for those keeping score at home.
I selected comment moderation quite some time ago to keep the comments off the blog, but this currently means that my email inbox is flooding with all of these specious comments. Does anyone out there have any ideas that might help? It’s getting to the point where I don’t log onto the blog daily because I don’t want to deal with the comments.
I can't help you on blogspot (except to recommend getting off it). On WordPress I've found a combination of BadBehavior and Akismet very effective. I've only seen a dozen leakers to email (and none to posts) with 17,418 spam posts caught per Akismet stats.
Sir I am really sorry to hear that your being spammed, yours was one of several interesting civl war blogs that i passed on to a professor/historian friend of mine.
Brian,Thanks. I hear you, but don't have time right now to devote to moving the blog and setting it up somewhere else. Will keep the combination you mentioned in mind, though. Looks very effective.
Volley Fire,thanks for the comment. Don't worry about it, I'll figure out a solution.
We'll see how word verification works. I have no idea why I haven't been using this all along.