I’m really grateful for those who take the time to comment on this blog.
Since late February, when I moved to wordpress, I’ve taken away the ability for people to comment anonymously – now when someone comments for the first time, their comment needs to be approved, and after that all their comments will go up automatically.
This has got rid of a lot of the sniping, mean-spirited comments that used to spoil the atmosphere here a bit. Clearly the anonymous commentators aren’t prepared to have their identities made public. I’m certainly happy for people to make constructively critical comments, but they need to use their real names. And I haven’t unapproved any comments except for those which are clearly spam.
Spam comments have been a huge problem, running at about 200 a day – it takes quite a while to go through and delete all these. For this reason, as of today, all comments will have to go through a word recognition step. I apologise for this, but spam was swamping the comment facility, and I haven’t got any other solution.
Once again, thank you for all your comments.