I've been attacked by spam. I had so many Anonymous spam comments I had to shut down for a few days to get rid of them all. I think they got them all, but who knows. I've been at this for three years.
Because of this, I've been forced to reintroduce the word verification to my comments. Sorry about that. They are a pain, but I have to avoid the spam attacks in the future. I was averaging 6 a day for the past two months. They were taking up too much time and space for me to ignore. I'm hoping they are cut out now.