I have been forced to add incremental security measures to the website.
For those that comment you will see an additional step to logging in–there will be a CAPTHA (by definition a system to distinguish human activity from machines) requiring one to identify certain pictures in the CAPTHA.
This was necessary because of a huge increase in spam and fake accounts. While the spam has been 99.99% successfully filtered out the number of fake accounts has grown dramatically–thousands of new accounts some days–my understanding is most are ‘bot’ driven. Obviously with the number of fake accounts set up it would be only a matter of time until they begin to successfully infiltrate the comment stream.
Any added security measures are cumbersome–but it had to happen–it is the world we live in.