y'all. anonymous spammer commenters have passed the level of minor annoyance and vaulted themselves into carrot topdom. i went to sleep to 20 bouts of spam and woke up to 25 more. no bueno. rather than spending my free hour this morning responding to your lovely comments on my last post, i've spent sixty minutes researching the extermination of computer generated nonsense.
i don't mind real peeps who post anonymously. but i do hate spam. it's so...unclean. so, it seems i'll have to go back to some form of moderation. which do i hate more? making someone type an illegible phrase, or making someone sign into an account in order to comment? well, almost everyone is signed into some account or another, it would seem the better choice. BUT WAIT Y'ALL, BLOGGER DONE BROUGHT BACK WORD VERIFICATION.
do you remember word verification of yore? the simple, pretty, nonsensical word that would often seem to hold some hidden meaning totally relevant to the conversation? captcha in all its squint-inducing-swirliness should die like the hellspawn it is, but i actually used to like word verification. we used to play games with it, 'member? right before blogger switched to captcha, i had a mind to hold a giveaway based on the best definition of one of those wacko jumbles. then they pulled the rug out.
i guess the carpet has been cleaned and taken out of storage. let's see if its a charming throwback, or just itchy underfoot. suggestions and opinions welcome!
UPDATE: HEY GUESS WHAT IGNORE EVERYTHING I JUST SAID. turning on word verification just brought that pisser captcha back. i refuse to use captcha. it's off again. suggestions and opinions on a happier spam free comments section still welcome.
i'll be back around cocktail hour with the winner of the second tooly giveaway (which you still have time to enter, thanks to the spammers! this tool will save your silks,yo). prize number three will also be revealed...