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.