This blog is under constant attack by spammers and various other internet trolls (my they roast in the deepest cinders of Hell, as Dr. Maturin would put it).
I, therefore, require that people register to comment. In the registration form there is a field in which I ask for information about you. That field helps me sort out the vile spammers from sincere registrants.
The spammers are getting cleverer, by the way. Today I had this one – which follows a standard “format” from one particular spammer:
FIRST NAME: Felipa
ABOUT: I\’m Felipa and I live in Dunkerque.
I\’m interested in Gender and Women\’s Studies, Scrapbooking and Vietnamese art.
I like to travel and reading fantasy.
This seemed like it could have been from one of the steering committee of the LCWR on the way to an assembly, but… no, it was a spammer.
In any event, use that “about yourself” field. You don’t need to put a biography in it, but I do need something that demonstrates to me – at a glance – that you are a real person. Adding something like your confirmation name or a favorite saint or the name of your parish some such Catholic information is helpful.