I'm being inundated with gay-porn and gambling comment spam in spite of turning on CAPTCHA. Apparently the spambots have now gotten around that one.
It's very puzzling because since I (and presumably others) have been reporting them to Yahoo!/Geocities, where most of the sites are hosted, they've taken to just putting [url] instead of the actual URL. While that defeats the Yahoo! police, doesn't it also defeat the purported purpose of spamming? I don't get it. Oh well.
I can do one of three things:
- Continue to toss out most of my e-mail and clean up the comments many times a day;
- Enable comment moderation, which is essentially the same amount of work; or
- Require commenters to register.
The latter is a nuisance that will probably reduce the number of commenters, but it's also the only feature that won't force me to pay attention to these goons. Opinions? Preferences?
UPDATE: I've decided on comment moderation for now, which is an intermediate nuisance for me and a minor nuisance for my readers. Since I'm online a lot, you won't normally have to wait too long for your comments to show up.
UPDATE II: After being reassured by several readers that required registration wouldn't deter them from commenting, I've switched to that. I don't think spambots have figured out how to sign up for TypeKey yet. But give 'em time.
I hope I can just open it up again soon.