Much longer and larger post incoming, but I have a quickie question I need to ask.
I'm getting a LOT more spam comments ever since I removed the word verification out of courtesy to some people who find it to be a pain to comment because of the verification box. I sympathize with that, because I really do hate those verification thingies, though I understand their necessity.
I have very few comment moderation options available:
Turn off Anonymous Commenting (which would mean that anyone who comments needs at least an OpenID, which is annoying)
Turn on Word Verification (which is also annoying for the afore-mentioned readers, and a serious PitA for mobile phone users)
Turn on Comment Moderation (I currently just turned this on to screen any comments on posts older than 3 days - that's an FYI for those who might be wondering why some of their comments haven't shown up yet) (I like comments to show up ASAP anyway... I don't like the idea of screening others' words)
What I would ideally like is that either A) All anonymous comments are screened or B) All anonymous comments are subject to word verification, but if this is possible with Blogger, I don't know how to do it.
As a side note, half of the spam comments I get don't even have a link anywhere. They are just random combinations of words. Case in point, the last one I deleted said the following: "Brim over I acquiesce in but I about the list inform should prepare more info then it has."
I feel like there is some important message in there that I'm just simply not enlightened (or stoned) enough to interpret.