As a supporter of free speech I hate to do this, but I’ve noticed more and more in-bound comments being made here on my site that are either determined spamming efforts or attempts at trying to provoke a response of some sort. Additionally, I read a surprising EU court decision that stated websites are liable for users’ comments, which you can read the details of here. Akismet has already filtered out almost 200 thousand of the most obvious spam comments as of this writing, but the spammers are getting ever more sophisticated.
Based upon these events, I’m tightening up the security for leaving comments here; you now have to login to WordPress, Twitter, or Facebook before submitting comments. Sorry, but that’s the way it has to be.