Good Morning Friends:
I have received a few inquiries about comments on this blog. These have asked me to make comments easier. So I thought I would post about comments to the general community.
When I first started 'Shaping Words' I had an open comments policy. Almost immediately spammers took advantage of this. I regularly had adbots posting comments, which were actually links to ads, some of a nature that I found morally questionable, which I then had to take time to remove. Unfortunately, the internet is thick with these kinds of intrusive, ad-driven, annoyances. Reluctantly, I decided to put in place the mechanisms for filtering out the spammers and adbots. Hence the procedure for posting at this time. I know that 'captcha' can be irritating. At other blogs where I have wanted to comment I have at times found them frustrating and unreadable. I also know that at least once I have accidentally deleted a comment that I intended to post, simply by clicking on the wrong place. So there are disadvantages either way. On the whole, though, I still lean towards the more restrictive comment policy.
If anyone has some suggestions for alternative comment procedures, please feel free to post them here and I will consider them.