Sorry about the spam invasion last week. The site was using a free plugin called WP Captcha Free (so you don’t have to deal with those annoying extra steps). It was working very well, but some Russian hacker figured out a way around it.
In the past few days, three different plugins were tried to block IPs, but none of them worked. The site finally broke down and bought an askimet login, so that’s what is running right now. Hopefully the site won’t have to add a capture screen or go to manual moderation (yuk).
So far the moderation is limited to your first post, and if that one is approved, the rest go up on their own.