So I moved this blog to WordPress because I didn't want to write spam moderation code for my old site code. That part works, I can now moderate spam comments before they get posted, something I couldn't do with my old site.
But......................My old site got 10−20 spam comments a week. My WordPress site gets 500 A DAY!!!! At first I was using the wp-reCaptcha plugin. It was catching the spam but after I noticed no comments for a couple of weeks I realized it was just marking everything as spam which suggests it wasn't actually working. I use the Akismet plugin as well and I think that's what's marking the spam which in truth means the wp−recaptcha plugin wasn't working at all. That meant I had to scan through 500 spam messages a day to find 2 or 3 false positives. That's un−workable.
So, I recently installed wp-spamfree plugin which kind of takes some of the tactics my old site did. It's doing better than wp−reCaptcha in that now only 100 spams make it into my moderation que but I still have to go through them for the 2 or 3 false positives everyday. That's still un−workable.
I don't know what to do at this point. Maybe there's another plugin. Maybe I should right my own although if I go that route I've hardly gained anything by switching to wordpress.
Spammers fucking suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!