Spam comments on my two weblogs combined have increased from 400 per day only a month ago to over 800 now. I’ve been told that Spam Karma will solve the problem, and it certainly looks like just what I need, but there are serious obstacles to installing it:
- Spam Karma requires WordPress 1.5 and recommends 2.0, while I’m still on 1.2, though I installed it only a year ago.
- The WordPress site tells me that the upgrade from 1.2 to 2.0 cannot be done as a single step, but requires a complex upgrade (4+ pages of instructions) from 1.2 to 1.5 and a second upgrade from 1.5 to 2.0.
- In over an hour of searching, I was unable to find the 1.5 software download anywhere on the WordPress site: when I go to the 1.5 page, the only download link takes me to the 2.0 file, which the upgrade instructions show quite clearly will not work.
I think the word for my situation is ‘Kafkaesque’.
If you’re wondering about the title of this post, I inadvertently deleted the last four comments made on this site while bogged down slaughtering huge batches of spam comments this morning. Please don’t take it personally if you wrote one of them, and feel free to recreate it. I’ll try to be more careful in the future. Now I think I’ll go to bed without posting a joke: I’ll post two tomorrow night to catch up again.