After my earlier post on Monday telling those who have commented that I sympathized with their having difficulty reading the captcha code but there wasn't anything I could do without getting a lot of spam. Shortly there after when I was going through the blogger settings, I noticed there were more of them than the last time I had been in there. So after tweeking things here and there, I settled for turning off the captcha code requirement altogether and instead making all posts older than 5 days (a setting you can tailor to your liking) comment moderated, meaning I have to approve them before they appear. It used to be an all or none proposition. This new adjustable setting prevented me from having to go back through ancient posts to remove spam and I thought it would be easy to remove spam on new posts. Besides, I rarely get but the occasional post on posts older than 5 days.
Since that time, I have learned something else that I didn't know. Blogger has a spam filter of its own that does a remarkably good job of removing spam. Of the forty or so spam posts I've gotten so far this week, it caught them all. Even when I had the captcha code in place, I was still having to remove the occasional spam on old posts that slipped through and always required me hunting for them. I'm beginning to think that the captcha method is the harder way to go. The caveat to all this is that you probably should visit the spam tab to make sure one of the good comments didn't get eaten but so far, that hasn't happened yet.