While I was away doing family stuff in Florida (again), there was an enormous comment-spam flood. Nearly all of it was caught by my spam filter, but that was still 352 messages I had to delete from the filter’s trap, not to mention 352 e-mails asking me to approve or disapprove them. And it kept coming. So I turned off commenting completely as a temporary measure.
Then, several days later, I flipped the comments back on. In fifteen seconds, I had four more comment spams, and these got past the spam filter, as inevitably they will, sooner or later. So I flipped the comments back off. Now I’m feeling a profound disinclination to ever re-enable them. Yes, that’s letting the bastards win, but I only have so much energy to fight them.
So that’s why comments have been turned off. No estimates regarding when they’ll be back.