At least two of you, who aren't technological dolts, have had problems in getting comments to work on the blog. And so I'm going to try a little experiment. I'll ease back the comments restrictions. If things go well, I'll keep it open; if not, I'll switch things back.
My hope in requiring some kind of online ID for commenting was that it would cut back on comment spam and avoid the kinds of inane comments that you can get with anonymous comments.
I'll ask folks leaving comments to list some kind of name or website link to their comments; I'll delete anonymous comments somewhat capriciously.
If I get too much spam, or if things degenerate, I'll move it back to "registered users".