Well, it didn't take long for the spam to appear on my blog - just a week or two after I enabled comments. At least I now know that someone (or some spider) has spotted my blog (oh, and there's Merryn as well!).

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My blog looked great when I saw it today - comments on each and every blog entry. This is where the dilemma comes from. I could delete the spam comments, which advertise online poker and insurance, and add CAPTCHAs to my forms, or I could leave the comments there and bask in the fake glory of having such a popular blog, at least with spammers. Spammers who are kind enough to leave insightful comments such as the following:

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It's interesting to see the different mark-up used to try and ensure that the comments will create links in different blog software. I wonder which of them works for which software?

Well, I'm sure you can guess which option I went for. So apologies if there is anyone out there who would like to leave a legitimate comment on my site - from now on you're going to be asked a random, probably silly, question to prove that you're human. On the plus side, I've set it up so that you should only be asked once per visit.