This is a blogging question and one I can't figure out on my own and Paula and I have talked about it and can't decide what to do so I'm bringing it to you for your input.
I (like I am sure most of you) hate having to do the word verification thing to leave a comment on a blog. I know to some it doesn't seem like it takes very long but it just gets annoying and it has affected me leaving a comment from time to time.
We have had the word verification thing on our comments for a while now. We were getting spam comments in the past and this cut them off quickly so we had it and it helped.
We recently got a comment from a wonderful reader reminding us that people are more likely to leave a comment if you don't have word verification so I thought to myself "it's been a while since we didn't have it, maybe things have gotten better with the spam" so I took it off again.
Sadly since taking it off we have gotten at least 1 (and sometimes more than that) spam comment a day, which is as you can imagine ANNOYING.
So we're left with 2 options and we'd like to know what you think. Which option would you prefer and what do you yourself do on your blog.
Option 1 is to turn the word verification back on. This allows anonymous comments but seems to eliminate the spam comments.
Option 2 is to not allow anonymous comments at all. From what I understand this means you have to be logged in to comment but if you're logged in (like most of us are I think) you don't have to do the word verification. The only spam comments we've gotten have been anonymous so I know this would also help with the spam issue...
I am not sure which is the best option. I'm hoping you'll all weigh in and let us know your thoughts.
Thanks so much for your help!!!