Over the last few days Blog from Italy found itself slowing sinking under the weight of an ever increasing number of messages from people with funny Greek sounding names, who were peddling porn and a series of drugs I had never heard of. In other words, lots of spam.
Last night, to save this blog from the spam plight, I installed a spam counter measure plugin, which adds an extra field to the commenting system.
I know these things are annoying, but then so is loads of dumb spam. I have also avoided the ubiquitous captcha thingies, because I often have problems understanding what the blazes the letters and words are.
Stop reading, start speaking
Stop translating in your head and start speaking Italian for real with the only audio course that prompt you to speak.
The anti-spam system I’ve put on this blog requires only a small amount of extra reading, and then one or two key presses. Very easy for us humans, but, so far, devilishly difficult for those nasty little spam spreading bots that buzz around the world wide web.
The new system seems to be doing its job, I’m pleased to say.
If you would like to know the name of the plugin I’m using, leave me a message, and I’ll reply via your email address. Although I may be reluctant to reply to anyone with a Greek sounding name, as I’m sure you’ll understand.