Re: Just curious
Recently one of my favorite blogs, run on WordPress, spent weeks cleaning up after a massive trackback and comment spam attack and now requires commenters to log in, and I'm totally cool with that, if it means lucid, quality comment threads free of spam and trollage.
About five years or so ago, when I migrated my cartoon site from an old-style static HTML site over to a WordPress blog installation, the first thing I did was to disable comments by default, based on what I'd seen happening in the comment sections of several other blogs I read. I just didn't have the motivation or time to spend moderating flamage or scraping out all the spam. I also ended up having to disable trackbacks as well, as almost all of my trackbacks were pointing back to skeezy dating sites or counterfeit Louis Vuitton accessory shops.