Rather interesting the choice of some of the names/online IDs that the spambots are using;
gregtumbas= the real Greg Tumbas is an instructor at the University of Colorado/Colorado Springs in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
projapotimon1= Projapoti Mon is the name of a TV show in Bangladesh
rio999= leads back to a Russian tech & gaming site that has been inactive for 5yrs
dark99= has to do with computer gaming/hacking
Rather interesting combination, I'm especially interested in the projapotimon1 as it "seems" to be a 'spammer' that answers spam posts...
I think the only way they will stop it is to require verifiable names, addresses, phone numbers and actually do the checking. Either that or only allow paid subscribers to blog. The first way might still be able to be beaten. The latter would probably be successful, since I seriously doubt any spammers would pay to post spam here.
or letting that first blog/post sit waiting in moderation to be read and manually posted or barred from posting...
I disagree with the first idea Seb as other sites have anonymous posters without all the spam. I think the best idea is a probationary period, which a lot of sites do, where each post/blog is reviewed for a period of time before being published.
I few have creeped through but we are catching them and deleting as quick as possible.....hang in there everyone...it's definitely a lot better than it was before...keep posting your usual blogs and keep bringing spammers to our attention..we'll get them one way or another.
I thought that letting that first one sit for awhile might do it, but the bad guys can "wait it out" until #1 is posted, then go hog-wild on the weekends as they have been. But I see that Ms. Leon is on top of the situation, so hopefully a solution is at hand.