While I've been celebrating the increased popularity of Carpe Librum (reaching 100,000 total hits in December 2013), with success comes increased spam in the form of bogus comments.
Last month my site received more than 20,000 hits (wow, right?) but I also received an enormous amount of spam. Today alone when I logged on, there were more than 200 spam comments for me to check and delete.
While it was manageable I was happy to manually check and delete these comments, rather than introduce a verification process. I don't like using a verification process myself when I leave comments on another site, so naturally I didn't want to ask Carpe Librum members or visitors to jump through that hoop, but I'm left with no choice now.
Apologies to all, but from now on you'll need to go through a short verification process in order to leave a comment here. I can only hope that I don't lose valid comments by introducing this measure.