For the most part, blog comments have turned into a distributed link farm for perscription drug and porn websites. Instead of a vibrant community of ideas, about half the comments on my blog are a steady stream of Viagra, Propecia and Phentermine ads.
I’ve had enough of this crap.
Instead of disabling comments altogether, I have disabled HTML and URL auto-linking. I also updated my Individual Entry Archive template to use this tag instead:
<$MTCommentAuthorLink show_email="0" show_url="0"$>
(Another way to solve this problem is to replace the
<$MTCommentAuthorLink$> tag with
Now blog spammers can post to my site all they want (and they probably will continue to do so) but their links will be ineffective. Ha!