I try to make it as easy as possible for people to post comments on this blog. Unlike practically all blogs, I don’t require people to create an account, and I allow anonymous postings. The price is that I have to constantly monitor the comments for spam, but I think it is worth it to encourage free conversation.
But for reasons I don’t understand, I’ve been seeing a ton of people signing up for accounts on the blog. Most of these accounts never post anything, and given the names that are being used, I think they are being created by spambots.
So I’m trying something new. To create an account, you have to play a (very simple) game. The game is required only when creating an account, not when posting a comment. The games take less time to play than it takes to answer the typical captcha so it is not a big deal. Besides, you still don’t have to create an account to post comments.
The games are provided by “Are You A Human” (http://areyouahuman.com/). If you want to see what the games look like you can try them on their site, or you can play them here on Political Irony. Make sure you are not logged on and click the “Register” link under “USERS”. Don’t fill anything in, but click the submit button. You can play multiple games using the redo (circular arrow) button.
If this new feature causes any problems, please let me know (you can leave a comment on this post).