On the advice of my hosting service, I’ve added a “captcha” plug-in which will require you to retype a word or phrase when you leave a comment (or when registering as a user, or doing a few other things).
Most of you have likely dealt with these before. They are designed to prevent automated spam robots from submitting an overload of comments and overwhelming a site, as happened here earlier today.
I hope that you’ll be okay with this. My few options included requiring everyone to register with a valid email address, but that would make anonymous comments much more difficult.
So I’m going to give this system a try.
Please report any problems you have with it. There are several similar plug-ins to choose from, so some trial-and-error may be in order.
Thanks for participating in these online discussions.