For the past few months, I’ve experimented with keeping the comment system of the site wide open. The result has been a mixed blessing. I got a lot more people commenting, and a mountain of spam to deal with every day. This morning, there were 36 comments to mark as spam. That was 36 emails in my gmail account I had to wade through and delete, and then 36 blocks of garbage to click away on the website.
It’s frustrating that the internet is full of griefers and assholes like this. I wish it could be wide open and pleasant. But what the internet needs is zoning restrictions and HOAs. So I’m moving the comments back to where you have to be logged in to leave a message.
This stinks because people have problems on various devices (like iPads) that prevents them from commenting. I’m sorry about this. If anyone knows WordPress enough to install some better and more reliable commenting program, I’m open to ideas. I just can’t keep wading through the piles of spam every day. :(