human or robot?

In my first year of blogging, spam comments were quite a nuisance, or shall I say a menace. Then comment approval, various filters in my blogging program as well as turning off comments in older posts made things quite a bit easier. But some nasties still make it into my email for approval, only to be deleted – so why do they bother as they never make it into the blog?

I’ve come to realize that these minutes are precious to me. I am seriously considering setting up comment registration with TypeKey. It is free for everyone, even if you don’t have a blog. It requires registering only the first time. I know it’s a bit annoying, but isn’t it a great way to find out if the commenter is a human or a robot? If everyone did this we might eliminate the spambots!

So, dear readers and commenters, what do you think? Have you used comment authentication on your blog? Are you pleased with it? Are you turned off by having to register at someone’s blog before commenting? Will I turn away my commenters by doing this?

May 28, 2006 in Blogging by Marja-Leena