Today we give thanks to the creators of the Akismet plugin for blogs. Since installing it about a year ago, this little critter has stopped 20,282 spam comments from appearing on this blog.
10,000 of these were in the last two weeks, so this is not something which has passed its sell-by date.
Akimset is free to download for personal use and now comes bundled with wordpress, but it works with a number of other things as well. My heartfelt thanks to everyone involved!