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2) Because of the recent avalanche of spam comments, I've enabled Blogger's word verification for comments. The alternative is to require Blogger registration or eliminate comments altogether and while I may not always respond to comments, I do read and enjoy them.
All this means is that when you comment, before you hit "publish" you have to copy down the nonsensical stream of characters (i.e., the "word") in the provided box. It's an annoyance, but a minor one compared to logging in and deleting the spam that comes with every new post.
(Also a reminder: if you don't have a Blogger account, choose the "Other" option and give yourself a nick.)