Anyone who has peeked into this site anytime in the last few months will have noticed a complete dearth of visible activity. There’s a couple of reasons for this, not least the fact that we do not yet have a critical mass of both contributors and readers to sustain regular postings. However, one major contributing factor has been that this forum has become a total spam magnet! Having to manually scan and delete over 4,000 accumulated spam comments, as I just did, takes much of the fun out of administering the site.
A long-term solution would lie in the installation of a Captcha plug-in that requires a commenter to prove they are human (by typing the characters in a distorted image) before a comment will even be accepted for moderation. For reasons I cannot quite fathom in view of the obvious need, the procedure for doing this in WordPress is rather unfriendly, and so I haven’t yet finished muddling my way through it.
In the meantime, I have disabled comments, period. If you would urgently like to post a comment on an existing article, please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work out a backdoor way for you to get your comment posted.
In the meantime, my apologies for both the inactivity and any inconvenience! Stay tuned….
– The Editor