I’ve switched off the ability to post comments on this site. Not because they’re a bad thing — I’m at the good low-level of popularity that means I get occasional comments and they’re generally not from idiots — but because of the amount of spam.
Nearly all of the spam gets filtered away, which is great, and better than the bad old days. But there’s still a lot of it. Over the past week 5000 spam comments have been posted across the various websites on my Movable Type installation, and a fair proportion of them have been on my own weblog. They each take up a tiny bit of technical overhead.
Because I can feel the system creaking these days I want to do what I can to keep everything working. And, as I say in that post, I have no desire to move to a bigger and better server with such a short time remaining before the end of the Pepys project.
You can always email me or tweet at me (@philgyford) if you have any comments. And one day I’ll get round to revamping this site and all will feel young again. Maybe.