I have re-enabled comments, but registration via TypeKey is now required. This seems to be currently heading off the overload problem I was having earlier. I had tried this route during the height of the attack with no luck, but now it seems that a combination of authentication and the turning off of an anti-spam plugin has done the trick. Or maybe the spammers are just ignoring me for the moment and it just looks like it’s working. We’ll see.
I realize that many will have no interest in registering with TypeKey, but I truly hope that a lot of the regular commenters here will take the minute or so that it requires. Anonymity is still totally allowed. TypeKey simply verifies that you aren’t some random jerk submitting comments, but instead that your an approved jerk adding to the discussion.
It’s free and easy, has the advantage of being used on other sites (one registration will suffice for multiple sites), and will allow the many knowledgeable folks who read MO to contribute to the conversation.
Read more about TypeKey at SixApart. And please register.