Spammers caused me to get a warning issued by Google last night. The spammers had left spam comments on the blog so there are two things that I am changing:
1. I will now delete comments. In the past, in order to facilitate a good discussion, I never deleted a comment, regardless of content. Now I will. If it is a real comment, by a real person, and not a spam bot in the form of a Russian prostitute, I will leave it alone regardless of content. If its spam, though, it is gone.
2. You now have to have a Google ID to leave a comment. I know that signing in is a hassle, but the alternative is that the blog gets shut down (either by Google or by me--I am not going to help spread filth). So sign in and then post. If you already have a Google ID this should be seamless. If this doesn't work, I will increase the restrictiveness of the sign in requirement and make commentors join this site. Its the only way to prevent some jackass from ruining the fun for everyone.
Sorry. This is not what I wanted to do, but it looks like it is required. I am very close to migrating the site off of Blogger as it is, and if I had the money I'd do it right now with a new redesign, but it is expensive. My research showed that a custom site with a transporting of all the content would START at $3,000. I don't have that right now. Slowly, but surely.
And FUCK those people that ruined the fun for everyone.
9/3/15 UPDATE: As you can see from below those increased precautions did not work. So, all comments will be moderated by me and commentators will have to sign in. If this doesn't work I don't know what to do.