Just to let you know that I have not been ignoring comments and replies. I had noticed that there was a void in communications, that is, until I saw that there were a number comments linked to my posts.
I have made spam reports on a number of emailed 'anonymous' replies to posts in recent times. Checking my spam box, I found all of the recent comments to posts in it. Bar one, none of the comments were from 'anonymous. There were 'anonymous' ones, which, were spam, and there were more of them than I had reported. Therefore, in part, the mail filtering was succeeding.
The email spam algorithm looks like it has severe limitations in recognising everything that is winging its way to my email address from commenters to my posts, irrespective of whether those commenters are named, and are actually from Blogspot. I am not savvy in this department. Does anyone know a work around the algorithm? My own thoughts are to try embarking on a 'training' route on the comment grabs, rather like you train a personal junk/spam programme to recognise what is okay and what is not.
Thus far, I have not set up 'no anonymous comments' in the settings, as I do have genuine commenters from other sites, who, for some unknown reason, come through as anonymous, and seem unable to connect with me when restrictions are in place. The Blogspot Captcha has been a particular bain being impossible for some to cope with. My contacts have kept me informed of the hurdles they have experienced while trying to keep in touch. I have mentioned things like setting up open I.D on their sites. I am grateful for their persistence.
The Captcha that Blogspot programmes in for our use is not user-friendly; I did use it on my site for a while and a number people I wanted to maintain contact with from outside Blogspot found it complex. I find it very difficult at times when I comment on sites that use it. The Captcha allowed for use here, not only filters out unwanted comments, it also filters out genuine users, including those with sight difficulties. Not everyone who comments is a native English speaker and the sound option tends to be awful and is worse than useless for anyone with hearing impairments. There are friendlier Captachs around, which, a large number of bloggers would be content to use, I am sure. There are Captchas that are universally usable and they still effectively filter out robot spam, which is just what the Blogspot ones does. I have attempted to install a friendlier third party Captcha without success. Why on earth are blogspot users blocked from using something better?
Sorry, this has turned into a bit of a rant. In conclusion, I do not want to place restrictions on mail at this point; I would happily use a Captcha that was universally user-friendly, if allowed to. Meantime, I will keep an eye on my spam box and test out the system's training capabilities, if any!