Having just been warned by the good Avus of how evil spammers have taken over Nea's blog, and gone to see the devastation for myself, I have put on comment verification.
I have been disinclined to do this in the past, and closer examination of my motives reveals this is the result of vanity, thinking that the extra moments it takes for a commenter to fill out the word verification will put them off leaving a comment, and I will receive fewer comments. How sad is that?!
Anyway, having seen the possible result of not doing, I'll take the chance of fewer nice things said for peace of mind and a clean blog. For myself, I think I very rarely fail to leave a comment if I want to simply because I can't be bothered to read the funny word, and in fact some of them are quite interesting; those disposed to find fortunes in tea-leaves and augurs in birds' droppings can find all kinds of messages of possible import in them!