I’ve turned off registrations for commenters for a bit until I can figure out a reliable longer-term solution. Getting 20-30 spam registrations a day now. If you’re inspired to comment on a post and you’re not a registered user, please be patient and I hope to have something figured out soon. If you’re already a registered user, you should be able to comment still.
Update: I should have been clearer. The problem I’m having is with tons of fake/spammer user registrations, not actually spam comments. So I’m going to try something new: commenters on articles do not have to register as users. Way back when I moved to WordPress, it seemed to me that forcing commenters to register was a great way to manage spam and also keep the comment section from becoming too great a hive of scum and villainy. But that was before some of the plug-ins that have appeared since. So I’ll cross my fingers and see how it goes this way.
Update 2 Well, hilarious, in its own way. Within two hours of posting the last update, my first spam comments to get through the plugins in a while.