Changed WordPress Spam Strategy
WordPress settings: Comment author must have a previously approved comment. (otherwise it goes to moderation)
NoSpamNX blocks about 120 comments/day.
Akismet puts about 5 comments/day into moderation.
Spam Free WordPress (Please copy and paste this string to write a comment) blocks an unknown number of comments/day.
That’s pretty good. Let’s try for better.
I disabled Spam Free WordPress.
I told my NoSpamNX to block any comments with “http://” or “https://” in them. If a person writes a link, I can fix it by hand.
We’ll see how that goes.
Update: after 1 week, I haven’t had to review a single spam in my moderation queue :-)
Ha! I have won the war on comment spam! (for now, knock on wood!)
In 10 days I have had several legitimate comments and 0 comment spams in my moderation queue!. Sure, I’ve had to manually approve the legitimate comments, but I usually want to reply to them anyway. I would consider disabling the “Comment author must have a previously approved comment” but that would open me up to another form of comment spamming.