Thanks, Nic. That’s a very good point. Typepad actually introduced an Akismet-like spam-catching service more than a year ago, but I don’t know anyone who adopted it — still hard-to-read CAPTCHAs and multiple hoops. Blogger is a lot better than it used to be, but I get irritated by users who have failed to ennable the Name/URL option, as if doing so would unleash a flood of spam. WordPress really shines in this area, and for self-hosted WordPress bloggers who don’t want to use Akismet (which costs money for commerical bloggers), I understand that the similar Defensio plugin works just about as well. With Akismet, false positives are so rare, I feel comfortable deleting the hundreds of spam comments I get daily without scanning them.