Blank + five = eleven. Six, right? Are any of you real people getting flummoxed by this? Apparently the SPAMers are. This site has gone from 5 to 10 SPAM comments per day to less than 2 SPAM comments per week. More than that, my stress level over the SPAM that gets through the other SPAM measures (like Bad Behavior) has lowered considerably.
I was somewhat surprised that answering the Captcha was required even for my own login — that seemed excessive, but then the questions are deliberately easy. I haven’t required the windoze calculator (yet). Even the form of the questions amuses me: the grade-school formula with some numbers written and some numbers spelled out. It’s all very olde skule.
I had assumed that the placement of SPAM comments on my blog was a somewhat more manual process than perhaps it is. I expect that if software were solving the Captcha that all the SPAMMers would have it, but that seems not to be the case, either. I’ve always been of two minds on this. On the one hand, the SPAM always seems to be at least partially customized and vaguely topical (although that, too, could be an illusion) — I attribute this to the theory that “people” paid astronomically low wages are involved. On the other hand, being subtly different nearly stopping the flow leads this to be a software and a software configuration problem.
I suppose my blog doesn’t need to be the smartest blog out there — just one bit smarter than the average.