We cannot tell you how nice it is not to wade through comment spam. Sure the quantity of comments are down, but the quality will always rise to the top.
We should have turned off anonymous comments ages ago.
Thanks to the regulars who continue to post comments. It lets me know there is a small group of people who read the site regularly. And that is what matters to us.
I don't miss the comments from the drive-by-Google crowd one bit.