Wow, it’s really empowering to look at the activity log and see all of those spam denials. I’ve installed MT-Blacklist and it’s running successfully; I’ve run into some problems in deleting the mounds of spam that had accumulated while I was moving, but it’s down to a manageable problem.
I’ve also made my blacklist available for download. It’s got about 25 additional sites beyond the master blacklist.
As of now, comments are turned back on. I will, however, turn them off of each post again after a week or so, just to ensure that the ever-evolving spam efforts don’t have ready targets here.
UPDATE: Finished, phew! Now it’s back to productive work … I’ve also incorporated Kevin Brancato’s blacklist into mine, adding over 100 sites to the list. Take that.