I've just implemented a new policy for comments:
For entries less than two weeks old, nothing has changed; anyone can comment freely.
For entries more than two weeks old, all comments are moderated, except for comments from "trusted" commenters.
If you don't want to become a trusted commenter, that's fine; your comments on old entries will still appear, they'll just have to wait for me to approve them by hand.
But if you do want to become a trusted commenter, here's a rough version of how to do it:
- Sign up with any of various authentication services, such as TypeKey. (I think OpenID will work too, but I might need to do some more work on that first.) The TypeKey people don't require very much info from you; it's not really a registration system, it's just a way to demonstrate that you're a human rather than a bot.
- Go to an entry in my journal and sign in to TypeKey or your other authentication system, and then post a comment using that identity.
- Wait for me to turn you into a trusted commenter.
Let me know if you run into any problems with this. I had to add some code to the Movable Type system to make it work, and my code change is kind of a hack; I've tested it minimally, but it may well still have bugs.