We’ve been getting hit with more comment spam than usual lately. A good chunk of it appears to be people actually taking the time to type in the captcha by hand, but there appears to be at least one automated system that’s bypassing the captcha. So I’ve gone ahead and re-installed the Bad Behavior plugin for EE in hopes of cutting it down a bit. I had stopped using BB because it in combination with Akismet was contributing to so lengthy comment posting times and getting in the way of some folks successfully leaving a comment.
Let me know if things get wonky and I’ll look into alternative solutions. As much as I’d hate to do it I’m considering just making registration mandatory at this point as it would make banning the spammers much more manageable. It seems the vast majority of comments we’re getting these days is from regulars anyway so it’s not like it’d be a big loss. There’s also at least one other captcha variant plugin available for EE that I saw a few days ago that might prove useful. I’ll have to see if I can track it down again.
Update: Looks like the Bad Behavior plugin doesn’t like AOL IP addresses so I’ve turned it back off for now. Will have to look into other options.