He raises a valid point: bloggers of all stripes must walk the fine line between the following two seemingly opposing concepts:
- Efficiently protecting against the human and technological nasties that threaten our sites daily.
- Keeping things easy-to-use for visitors.
I added it to the site as soon as I started to receive my own unwelcome visitors. But Utenzi's words have struck home. It amounts to punishing visitors because of the idiocy of others.
So if you're OK with it, I'm going to run without word verification for a bit. I'll see how much comment spam comes in. Some of it might be amusing, after all. I'll delete it, of course, but I hope its temporary presence in my comments section doesn't bug you too much. On the flip side, it'll be easier for you to leave comments. So feel free to go nuts!
Your turn: Comment spam - good or bad? What would you do to a comment spammer if you could meet one in person?