Thank you everyone for helping me test out the comments sections. I had about 60 comments from you guys and not a SINGLE spam comment!! Nothing got posted and nothing even got blocked by blogger...it just didn't make it to me!
That's amazing! I was getting about 200 spam comments a day!
So for inquiring minds, the only setting I changed was commenters now have to be Registered User. So this eliminates all Anonymous comments. What this means for you: you have to sign in to leave a comment. A good number of you are already signed in if you have a google account or are coming through google reader. Others simply need to sign in much the same way that I think I have to sign in when I leave a comment on a word press blog.
For the record, this has NOT eliminated no reply commenters. You may be just thrilled being a no reply commenter. It doesn't bother me...I tend not to reply if you are a no reply commenter because I feel that you don't want me to bother you. But if you DO want to get a response from me (I reply to everyone who leaves a comment) then include that email.
So hopefully this continues to be a good solution here and I don't have to turn on the dreaded word verification. Those make my eyes hurt. lol So I don't want to do that here.