We have a serious situation developing for this blog, namely an avalanche of spam. It began about two weeks ago; today there were nearly 100 spam messages. If I were truly paranoid, I'd say it was an attempt to destroy the blog. But the messages seem to be commercial (websites for handbags, e.g.) and computer-generated. The problem is, they may well destroy the blog, because I don't have the time to wade thru 100+ messages every day and weed out the garbage, now approaching 95%. It also invalidates any data I have on number of hits a day, since this spam attack renders the data meaningless. But that's a minor issue, really; the crucial one is what the hell I can do to ward all this off. The system doesn't have a spam filter, as far as I can see. Anyway, if you guys have any suggestions, pls send them in, and I'll try to find them amidst the forest of spam.