I have been resisting this for several months, but now, I'm afraid its time.
For some reason, people whose first language is obviously not English, have been posting comments to my blog. Usually Google catches these comments and they don't actually get published, although they do send me notification of them. Lately, however, Google hasn't been catching them. I first thought they were being deleted due to the "here is my blog" language with a link following. However, now that the links have stopped including offensive language, Google isn't catching them any longer.
Here's an example of one that sounds legitimate, until you click on the link and are taken to an inappropriate site. (Thanks for the heads-up Sara!)
"I was curious if you ever considered changing the layout of your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two pictures.Maybe you could space it out better?Here is my web page : www.bhgalleries.com"
I have several options when allowing comments, including comment moderation, not allowing anonymous comments, requiring special characters to be entered, and not allowing comments by readers who are not officially listed as following my blog. I've opted for comment moderation, which just means that I have to approve your comment prior to it being posted. That will eliminate the spam and still allow comments.
I hope you'll continue to comment; I really enjoy hearing what you have to say and I'm sorry that there are people out there who make comment moderation necessary.
And to make you smile after all the negative stuff...how's this??? Dash always makes me smile!!