Just in case you might be curious, TOP got more than a thousand spam comments today. That must be a record for one 24-hour period.
Give thanks for spam filters, because without them this enterprise (a probably a lot of others too) would be sunk.
UPDATE: The above is just a very rough, seat-of-the-pants estimate. I started a hard count at midnight last night, just out of curiosity. I'll update you at midnight tonight. So far, at 2:06 p.m., there are 553 spam comments in the spam folder.
I used to sift through all of them just in case a "real" comment had somehow gotten routed to the spam folder by mistake, which happens occasionally, but it's just too much work now. But just so you know, comments that include lots of links or that are overly long sometimes get grabbed by the spam filter. There must be algorithms that determine the specific limits for these (i.e., number of links relative to words of text), but I don't know what they are.
This has been a really tough week for blogging. I just have too much to do. Right now, we sorely need a new post on TOP, but I have to go get the car inspected. Have to. No choice. I'm sorry, and I'll try to make it up to you next week....
UPDATE #2: There were 923 spam comments from midnight to midnight on August 2nd. Aaand...