[click on pictures to enlarge - taken via iPhone]
This picture has really no interest whatsoever. I just thought the sign would somehow illustrate my little ramble.
When you click to comment today, you will notice something new. Yes, I am having you enter those annoying cabbalistic signs in order to post your comment. You guessed it: I just got my first spam comment. The fact that it is charmingly written in Portuguese will not change my mind - I simply don't want my humble little blog to become a free advertising channel for broadband internet, Viagra, anti-wrinkle cream and the likes.
Blogger offers several options for comment posting. So let's debate them.
• approval of the owner or not.
I opted for a free forum. Why? No need to be a control freak here. I think that comments that post right away encourages people to post them, to come back and read others' comments. While the approval process does not.
• Pop up window or not.
At first I went for the no pop-up option. But after commenting myself on a few blogs, I realized that the pop-ip is much more comfortable: it allows you to comment on a picture while you can still see it in the next window.
• Cabbalistic code or not.
Well, that's the object of this post: I just changed my mind thanks to the great folks at Cresnet. And I hate it.
So what about you? Which options did you opt for and why? How do you police your blog? Any comment or abuse story to share? Do you get spam on your blog?