Dear comment spammers,
I really wish you would give up and go away. For the most part I don't even see you, but for every 500 of you, one of your comments slips past my multi-faceted spam BARRICADE and requires me to (maybe once a month) clear out the handful of comments sitting in my spam queue.
The comments that make it through look like they're actually submitted by a human, rather than an automated bot, so in a way it's kind of funny. For your spam to get through, you must exert more time than it take me to eradicate your efforts.
Since starting this blog, Akismet has blocked 11,897 spam comments. About a year ago (maybe a little longer than that), I added another layer of protection which has blocked 9,461 spam comments. That's more than 8 times the number of legitimate comments posted.
Fortunately, the current setup works nicely and removes the majority of the problem automatically. But who knows if this will always be the case? Will the spammers come out on top?
Anyway… come on guys, please find somewhere else to submit your spam?