I hate having to type in all those little characters before some site will accept my comment as one being sent by a living, breathing human being rather than some ignorant jackass spammer. I hate it as much as the rest of you, believe me. It sometimes takes me two or three tries to get all the characters right and I have been known to give up in frustration. So I do get it.
I've been experimenting here on Book Chase by removing that requirement. I expected more spam but I knew that the Blogger's spam-blocker works pretty well, so I thought it might be doable. And it was for a few days. Then, what had been a spam-trickle, turned into a spam-stream, and finally into a roaring spam-river. Over the last two or three days, I am averaging a spam message every 15 minutes - 24 hours a day - and it is getting worse. I just don't have the time to monitor the flow or clean up after these fools.
So, very reluctantly, I am turning the comment filter back on. You will once again have to prove that you have an actual human brain - unlike all the spammers out there who are definitely not human. They barely qualify as members of the animal kingdom - and I feel bad about comparing spammers to donkeys. I hope the donkeys will forgive me.