Honest people buy advertising. Spammers take what is not theirs, which is the definition of sociopathic:
a disregard for the feelings of others, a lack of remorse or shame, manipulative behavior, unchecked egocentricity, and the ability to lie in order to achieve one’s goals
During the life of this blog, I have had to read and discard about 120 spam comments for every one legitimate comment received. Most of the comment spam is entered by humans working for pennies in developing countries. The old captcha didn’t slow them down at all; it wasn’t designed to.
I’ve re-enabled comments, but with a different kind of captcha that requires answering a math question such as “How many degrees are in half a circle?” I’m hoping that the spammers either won’t know the answer, or won’t take time to read and answer the question. I’m trusting that all honest readers of this blog will know how to answer the captcha questions. (If someone doesn’t know how many degrees are in a half circle and doesn’t know how to find the answer with Google, then they’re reading the wrong blog.)
For now, experimentally, comments are welcomed.