WordPress, or at least my blog hosted on WordPress, seems to be having a bit of a problem with spam lately. Normally, Akismet – the software that identifies spam and stops it getting through – is extremely effective in doing its job. Lately, that’s not been the case. I’m used to one bit of spam sneaking through every couple of months. I’m now getting a couple of them a day dodging the spam bullets and plastering themselves on my hallowed pages.

That’s not good enough. So I’ve changed the comments settings, so that from now on comments are held for moderation. Once I’ve approved one comment from a visitor, then future comments are delivered straight to the page, by-passing moderation. I’m not entirely sure how this will work for those of you have already posted multitudes of comments here. Will your comments go straight through straightaway? I don’t know. But I’ll soon find out.

I have to say I don’t like switching comments to a moderated setting. It’s censorship, which is for last resort only. It also potentially stifles the flow of a conversation. Although since returning from Mexico the comments don’t flow like they once did. So maybe this is no big deal.


4 thoughts on “Spamidemic

  1. kwallek says:

    I still read your blog even though you no longer write about Latin America, for one thing, I suspect your going back. The neolithic in England is something I study-hint-hint, but just about anything is good. I like your tec stuff as well. Your foray into E-Book publishing was interesting. And the fact that you are liberal in your thinking is just icing on the cake.


    • No need for suspicions. I will be back. By this time next year I’ll have been back a month or three. I hope.

      You study the neolithic in England? Perhaps I should pop out one day and take some photos of a collection of rocks just up the road from here. They’re called Stonehenge or something or other…. 🙂

      I liked the e-book adventure. Believe it or not I still sell the occasional copy on Kindle. I still have it in mind to publish a second edition. The first edition was a pretty rough and ready affair. I mean…it had a punctuation error on the front cover. Of a book purporting to be about teaching English…

      Liberal? I still like to think of it as being sensible. I’m a Sensibilist….

      And by the by, that your comment got through without need of moderation confirms that anyone with a comment that’s been approved in the last few years goes straight to the virtual page without needing a nod from me. Which is good.


  2. kwallek says:

    My study of England’s neolithic tends to run to hand samples, hand axes, spear points, arrowheads and knives chipped and ground from flint and hardstone. There is a theory that a group of people who lived on America’s east coast had a lifestyle that depended on the migration pattern of the Great Auk. These so called Red Paint People (they interred their dead covered with red ocher) are believed to have followed the Great Auk, a flightless sea bird, across the Atlantic as the bird migrated back and forth. They also had a habit of leaving a few tools in the graves of their dead. These are people who lived at the end of the last ice age, most of their stuff is under the sea but not all of it. The tool styles tell a story and that is what I study.The big stones are cool, there are big rocks stacked up on both sides of the Atlantic and there is much to learn from them but I like the hand samples.


    • You’d have enjoyed (or can still enjoy, if ever you visit) the London Museum. I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago. It had quite an exhibition on London before London, with quite a few exhibits of hand tools and whatnot. I guess, as with many museums like this, that it’s all told at a layman’s level. But it was beautifully laid out and the story well told.


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