In an effort to better weed out the comment spam (and not accidentally delete any more comments by having to manually delete spam) I’ve installed Pete’s Custom Anti-Spam Plugin. Doug from All Things Democrat recommended it and I found it to be the easiest, cleanest and least obtrusive of the spam filter plugins I fiddled with. So far it’s working great; I only had to clean out 5 spam comments in the last 24 hours and those probably slipped in while I was fiddling with settings. This is a huge improvement over the 100 or so spam comments I normally have to contend with daily. Highly recommended.