Spam what spam? CAPTHA cures all…

I’m quite impressed by how effective just adding a CAPTCHA to my site has been in preventing spam comments/user registrations. I know it’s to be expected but I’ve gone from getting 170 spam comments and about 30 spam registrations a day to just one spam comment and no registrations.

Currently I’m using the SI Captcha for WordPress, does anyone know of one that is better? I installed Solvemedia’s CAPTCHA plugin which makes people type in the words from adverts as a CAPTCHA and supposedly allows you to earn “MEGA BUCKS” in doing so. But it asked for my accountants details and I don’t have an accountant, Also I expect that it’s US ads only…

Here is a video about their CAPTCHA which I think at the heart of it is a good idea:

Solve Media from Solve Media on Vimeo.

I particularly like CAPTCHAs that make you think, like adding numbers, or asking general knowledge questions, although I was very disappointed in T3 who’s CAPTCHA is the question who makes the iPod, which doesn’t accept Foxconn as an answer, I’d expect more from a technology magazine…

It would be quite cool to have CAPTCHA that made you play a round of space invaders or Pacman or something like that and wouldn’t let you comment till you win… Hmmm… Cool maybe, annoying definitely.

Meh…

Hello?

Recently I’ve seen an upsurge in the number of people who visit my site on a daily basis. I’m averaging about 50 or so people a week apparently. That’s not people who visit individual pages because it’s a hit on Google or Stumble Upon that is people who just visit the home page of www.ohmz.net.

I was just wondering who you are? Are you people or are you Russian spam bots scraping my page for content which you can use to thinly veil the fact that your site is actually selling herbal Viagra?

Leave a comment if you are a real person, and heck if you really want to tell me why you come here, and who you are.

Not that you care but…

I’ve added a few new static pages to this site. Notably I’ve added a “Writing” section to the navigation bar at the top, see up there, next to “About”?

This page has links to a couple of fragments of writing I’ve written. Essentially it’s got my first two NaNoWriMo attempts on it. If you mouse over that there are links to the individual pages for each strory, otherwise you can click on “Writing” and there is summary of each of the stories there.

I’ve had to change my theme so that static pages work, it turns out I hadn’t noticed how badly my old theme rendered them, for some reason despite them following the same css rules as blog posts, static pages ignored all html formatting tags, so everything looked rubbish.

Anyway that is all, if you do read either of those stories, please post a comment to say so and to give me your opinion on them. Neither of them really got to where I would describe the story as having “Gotten Started” but they were both a start…