When I started this blog, I didn't allow anonymous posts, but did not require posts be moderated. No word verification. It was simple and direct. Then, I slipped into the notion that word verification would keep spam away. It didn't. So I went to moderation without the irritating words.
Well, Ian caused me to rethink and here is the new, new approach. Like Rantwick, I will allow comments without moderation and without captchas. Actually, I WILL moderate comments on any post over seven days old so spam can only slip in on new posts. I will manually delete spam posts, as I have done anyway so the comment list won't get filled with ads for beach cruisers or questionable pharmaceuticals. Well, some may appear - before I make them disappear.
If real problems appear, I will see how to make them go away, but robot proof doesn't do anything as far as I can tell and moderating merely screens the spam differently than wiping it out shortly after it appears.
I will also probably turn on the defenses if I'll be away from the blog for a while. I'd hate to be gone for a week only to have to delete a thousand spam comments. Stay tuned and we shall see how this Rantwickian approach works. Perhaps we Yanks can be as civil as our neighbors up in the great, frozen north...
Subject Matter Mostly it's about local transportation cycling, as it exists in the here and now. It's got a smattering of other gratuitous toy recreation thrown in to keep y'all a little off balance. For those that don't know me, toy recreation means English & Italian cars, aircraft - and downhill skiing.