Spammers evolve slowly. They were mud, now they are dirt. It’s a slow evolution.
NoSpamNX has been working well but nowadays it blocks 300 spams a day and lets through maybe 30. They all get caught by Akismet but Akismet also sometimes blocks legitimate commnets. 30 a day is too many for me to review by hand. :-(
So I installed Spam Free WordPress alongside the already installed NoSpamNX and Akismet. Hopefully it will keep it so the “gray list” of potential spams is small enough that I can review them by hand.
This new plugin uses an odd form of Captcha. It asks you to copy and paste a password. Please tell me if it gets in the way.