Hi there! I have been a loyal paid LJ user for nearly ten years and I have always been delighted with your service and the wonderful community you have supported- so delighted that I registered for a permanent account nearly four years ago.
However, I have noticed a severe and sharp uptick in spam in the past two or three months. Before the beginning of this year, I rarely received spam comments-- I would get only a few spam comments a year. In the past few months, I have suddenly started getting many spam comments per week, sometimes as many as four or five a day. It has forced me to apply comment screening for anonymous commenters on my journal, but even then, many of the spam comments come from registered users, and it has really forced me to spend a lot more time moderating my journal. This is extremely frustrating and is the first time I have felt that the quality of my LJ experience has been compromised enough that I would consider taking my business to another service. I would certainly hate to do that because LJ has been my home on the internet for many years.
I've heard from friends that they have been receiving a similar uptick in spam, so it is not just me. I wanted to know if you are already doing something to combat it, or if it is on your development schedule. Please, please look into adding a spam blocker to LJ, something like Akismet or Bad Behavior. I have a personal blog as well and my personal blog receives many more spam comments than LJ, but the Akismet spam blocker catches nearly all of them. I would even be happy if paid and permanent account members were given the ability to just use the Akismet spam blocker voluntarily on LJ.
Thanks very much!