A lot of people like to be able to comment on a blog and see their comment appear immediately. It leads to a faster sense of conversation, and it also avoids the often-misguided belief among readers that a blog owner might only allow comments from people who agree with the blog owner’s position.
So that’s a change I’m making.
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I don’t mind comments from folks who think I’m wrong. There’s very little, in fact, that makes me not allow a comment to get through. The number one issue that will make me delete one, in fact, is spam.
I’ll even allow comments that contain a limited degree of profanity; I’ve edited comments to remove unnecessary amounts of it, or to substitute asterisks for words that I feel have no place here. But I’ve only had to do that maybe three times in more than seven years. Not a bad track record, I’d say.
For years now, I’ve had Akismet and Bad Behavior plugins running. Supposedly, they’ve stopped more than 10,000 spam comments since they’ve been up and running.
And that’s great.
But I was still receiving more than 20 spam comments a day until I installed the Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin.
It adds a little check box to the comment form, requiring users to click the box to verify that they are human. Presumably, a computerized spammer will not be able to click the box. I realize that this could keep me from receiving comments from well-meaning dogs and cats, but I figure that if they’re capable of typing out a lucid sentence in English, clicking a little check box shouldn’t be too much to ask even for them.
So let me know what you think about this little change, and you should see your comment post immediately after you submit it. (Just don’t forget to check the box.) Is this a good idea, or am I asking for trouble?