You may have noticed that I've had to resort to introducing a word verification step to commenting on my blog. I resisted as long as I could, but eventually the spammers beat Blogger's excellent spam-detecting mechanisms, and obscene comments were appearing on some of my posts. Mostly on an old post, I will admit, but I still don't want readers coming across them accidentally.
I've kept the ability to comment anonymously, as I've received some really lovely and moving comments from anonymous commenters. I know how hard it is to put your name (or even a pseudonym) to something that is so deeply personal, especially in the early, painful, raw days. And so I want to be able to keep this facility as long as possible.
For those of you who hate word verification, you are not alone. I posted this on A Separate Life last year. But equally I hate the sites that restrict me to logging on with disqus, or only allow openid or wordpress (for some reason I come up as aseparatelife rather than Mali, and it doesn't always allow me to link to my blogger blog), so I'm going to stick with this for now.
I think it's a case of damned if I don't, and damned if I do. So if you're annoyed at this - feel free to curse at me. As long as you manage to comment. If you can't, or have difficulty, please email me!