I actually finished Anthropology on Saturday, but I'm having trouble figuring out what I want to say about it for the review. So, rather than rush that out, let me update you all on a change I made to the site: I've added a word-verification step to comments.
I imagine that most of you are reacting to this news with either an apathetic shrug and a "So what?" or an eye roll accompanied by a muttered "It's about time." Spam's been a problem in the comments for almost a year, but it's really gotten ridiculous in the last couple of months, and I'm tired of cleaning up posts multiple times a day. I'm guessing those bot posts aren't any more popular with you all than they are with me.
Still, this is something I really didn't want to do, because it creates a barrier to entry. Having to read and retype a few letters isn't a big barrier to entry, sure, but that doesn't mean it's not real. I don't like it when other sites use Capcha or similar services, and I know it makes me less likely to post on sites that do; I've lost lengthy comments to a bad guess on a word-verification challenge before (I really should save my comments before submitting, but who remembers to do that?), and just seeing that such a setup is in place makes me less likely to toss in my two cents. I don't like the thought that someone could read one of my posts, type up something intelligent and insightful, then lose it to the ether and not bother to re-type it. I hate the idea of losing that dialogue because I put up a roadblock to conversation.
But, I also hate the idea of conversation being impeded by a cadre of robotic hustlers, and it looks like I have to pick one or the other. Anyway, we'll see how this goes. Hopefully people don't feel shut out and spam goes away, but if that's not how things work out, I'll try something different (what? I don't know. Something). And at least this way, I can (hopefully) preserve anonymous commenting--almost everyone who comments here uses an account, but I can't, don't, and won't feel comfortable telling anyone who doesn't have gmail, openID, or whatever that they aren't allowed to have an opinion. So, here's to giving word-verification a shot: may it solve more problems than it creates.