Well we've just tried a little experiment over the last few weeks. We removed the need for word verification when posting a comment on the blog to help some readers who have great difficulty in reading the words they need to copy to post comments.
Sadly the blog has been inundated by ridiculous Spam comments advertising medication and, believe it or not, porn.
The blog authors' e-mails have been choked by these and although Blogger has sent all to the Spam file we have had enough!
Word Verification is re-enabled and until hopefully this will stop the Spam, if not then we will have to take further advice/action from Blogger.
I'm so sorry to those of you who struggle with Word Verification (I dislike it myself) but things have got to an intolerable level.
To you who Spam: stop it, we don't want your products and we don't want your energy on this blog.
Black-necked Swan (Cygnus melancoryphus)
13 hours ago