The site has not been hacked. We started being attacked by massive spam on Sunday that first was related to the Super Bowl, but has spread to other items.
No sooner do we block one address, than another one shows up with spam.
We will continue to block the spam when we can and delete those as soon as possible.
Hope you continue blogging.
Thank you for your response. I am proud to be able to blog on your award winning web site. I just don't want to see it go down the drain.
This has been an issue for quite sometime. Last year I proposed two solutions to this problem and had some support from my fellow bloggers.
1) Allow only one original post from a blogger per day. They may post replies as much as they want to, but only one original post is allowed per day.
2) Use "Captcha" technology for the original post. Your IT department should be able to guide you through the discussion. Yes, it is not completely fool-proof but it does help prevent spam bots like you have been experiencing. Basically, it is a password that is generated and displayed against an off-color background. The password is different each time the page is accessed. Only a human can see the password. This has been used successfully on many sites.
Why try fighting the fire each time, when more automated tools can be used to do it for you? It will free up the staff to do other award winning things. These two ideas will not resolve the problems completely, but it is more of a global proactive solution than a duct tape solution.
Like I said, I just don't want to see this site go down the drain.
Walkie, yeah, what you said (although I sometimes comes across more than one issue which chaps my fanny). And, at my age, I may forget it by the next day. This is not to denigrate the quality of the idea (which was probably notable) but to point to shortcomings in my short term memory.