Last week we started getting our first comment spam here on Barkings (aww, we’re growing up!), so we did some minor upgrades to our CMS (Content Management System; which, by the way, is the excellent Textpattern) on Monday evening.

One of the things we’ve done is implemented image verification to prevent comment spam. Basically, you’ll be asked to enter a verification code from an image such as the following before you can post your comment:

We will be developing a more customized and hopefully easier (to read) solution in the future, but for now it’ll keep Barkings fee of comment spam.

Don’t worry, if you can’t figure out the alphanumeric characters in the image even after three tries it’ll still put your comment in our comment queue for moderation. We’ll be checking the comment queue fairly regularly and will happily make anyone’s comments visible that didn’t make it through. You’ll have to work pretty hard to make us think your comment is just spam!

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