During the past few months, the volume of comment spam from spambots has increased by an order of magnitude. Right now, this blog receives about 1 spambot comment per minute. Akismet and other spambot blocking services do an excellent job and without such software, it would be impossible for blogs to function.
Nonethelss, I’ve noticed that the number of spambot comments being passed through has increased by an order of magnitude in the past few months. Anthony is also experiencing this. Because I moderate after the fact, spam comments appear here until I come online.
The blog software permits some customized screening. The word “blog” seems to appear in many spambot comments, so I’m going to try adding the word “blog” to my customized screening as this word. So avoid using this word in comments and if you do, expect it to be caught in moderation.