I knocked 'word verification' off for a few days to see what would happen, because I know it is hated. The result of the experiment is that Anonymous spam started trickling in, then it gathered pace and became a deluge. This gives me extra work to go through each comment weeding out the crap, and allowing genuine comments to be published. Basically it opens the floodgates and can only get worse as time goes on.
It's a choice between allowing Anonymous comments and keeping the verification thingy which is effective in stopping the spam, or, doing away with verification, and not allowing any Anonymous comments, which would also stop the spam, but then everyone would have to have a gooooglie account to enable them to comment. The Anonymous option and Name option are linked, I cannot knock off just the Anonymous because the Name would also disappear as well.
Stuck really. So the Verification stays because the electronic spam bott's can't get through it.
Have a happy Sunday. ilona
2 hours ago