If anyone came to this blog Tuesday or Wednesday they may have seen that the blog was down. Large amounts of ‘attempted spam’ caused the host to first suspend the account, and after my request, unsuspend the account and just block the blog’s subdirectory until I got things fixed.
Since the spam was only attempted spam, I wasn’t aware of it, but it was still causing a drain on the host’s resources. So I have installed a CAPTCHA. It’s not one of those difficult to read series of letters and numbers, but a mathematical equation you have to solve. Don’t worry, so far the math problems I’ve seen are rather simple, and I think you can handle it. (For example: 3 + _ = 8.) Would you know what number to type?
Downside: you might not be able to comment after a few beers…but that might be best for all concerned anyway.
In testing the CAPTCHA it came to my attention that while the CAPTCHA works fine, the comments weren’t working. I can’t even view the comments in old posts that I know have them.
No one left me any comments to tell me the comments weren’t working!!!
This weekend I am going to backup my blog, delete this WordPress installation, reinstall WordPress, and upload my backup. I am hopeful this will solve everything.