so i've been blessed with comment spam. thank you, but my blog's readers' penises are already long enough, and we have plenty of xanax to go around.
to combat it, i must impose on my dear readers (all three of them): if you wish to enter a comment, you'll now have to enter a code. the code is a radomly-generated string that's displayed to you as a graphic (that a spam-posting robot can't read); you enter it as text, proving (at least in theory) you're human.
this is called a "captcha." i don't know or care about the derivation of the word; i only know i've fought it for two days and it's finally working.
and yes, i did accidentally delete a post. i don't really remember what it was about.