A while back I had to start moderating comments before publication as the vast majority were specious, opportunistic and irrelevant (in other words, spam). I have been busy of late and haven't checked the pending list for a while. Today I discovered that 1650 comments had been received and were awaiting my 'approval'. Fat chance: even though most of them feigned flattery ("Nice site", etc), they were all trash, so that is where they went. The same fate befell the 733 or so accumulated trackbacks.
For now, and until I can upgrade to weblog software that can handle these intrusions more appropriately, its goodbye comments, and goodbye trackbacks. Anyone who has anything sensible to say can email chris at this domain. If it passes my substantially more rigorous mail spam filters, and I like what you say, I'll publish it.