(I had been procrastinating regarding work. Nothing surprising.)
So, the simple, custom anti-spam plugin failed and I was getting tons of spam comments. I’ve just installed reCAPTCHA, which I used to hate when I first encountered it (on the USPTO website), but once I realized that it actually provides a public good by helping to digitize books, I forgave it. The only sad part is that I can’t customize it to throw up words like “disagree” or “saskatoon” or “bunker”.
Five minutes, and no spam yet. Hurrah!
ETA: not true, it’s not working to stop spam. I just installed Bad Behaviour, but I’m kinda doubtful because it seems to be slowing down the response time. I’ll test it for a bit and then decide what to do.
Also, I may choose to add “saskatoon” and “casein” or however it is “king teddy bear” is supposed to be spelled to the blacklist, but I don’t think that’ll speed things up.