A comment spam blizzard

This morning my email inbox was full of notifications of comments posted to this weblog. I have it set up to send myself an email every time someone submits a comment. Overnight, 17 comments were posted to various blog items, all of the comment spam. About half included addresses for websites specialising in anatomical enhancement or just plain porn, the rest were for bogus diploma mills. Now I’ve had the odd comment spam before, usually one or two a week. But 17 in a matter of minutes (all were posted within minutes of each other) was too much. It took me an hour to delete all of them. Now I have to decide if I should just turn the comments off completely, which unfortunately isn’t that easy to do. Grrrrrrrrr!