After a couple mild mentions of displeasure over the use of the word verification feature on the comments section of this blog, I have removed it. I too find having to interpret non-words to validate that I am a human and not some robot posting ads for penis enlargement or moving companies very irritating.
I still use "Comment Moderation" which allows me to review and approve any incoming comment before it is posted. I don't mind reviewing the massive influx of comments to my blog. (The word massive is sarcasm.)
Today I rejected a comment from someone selling Louis Vuitton on their very reputable and 100% legitimate website. Funny thing though they left their comment on a blog post from 2009. I'm not sure how effective this brand of spam marketing is. I only have nine subscribers to the blog and while I'm sure there are hundreds more who read this regularly who haven't subscribed I doubt that anyone but me ever takes the time to reread my witty and meaningful posts.
Because of the comment, I did go to see what the blog post was about. Generally, these spam advertisers find some key word in the blog that relates to what they are selling. For example, when I posted a video of the cutest child in the entire world moving our furniture through our kitchen and called it "Moving Day" I received comments from a moving company in Cincinnati. The words matched, but the context did not. This particular post was about my anxiety over the wedding guest list. There were no references to upscale leather goods for trendy ladies who like European brands.
I read the post and then had a laugh over what I think is probably the best comment ever left on one of my blog posts. Sure you could argue that Peter's Raccoon Friend is also not human and shouldn't be allowed to leave comments, but I think PRF is brilliant and witty. I miss that little furry bastard and those wonderful comments. My guess is that either PRF got married and is too busy in a happy union to invent dark and sarcastic replies to the blog, or I'm boring as shit now that all I ever talk about is that damned kid. Either way, in honor of a wonderful moment in this blog I invite you to skim the blog and then enjoy Peter's Raccoon Friend in all of his finest. Best Comment Ever