I’ve always allowed comments on this blog. Managing comments has been a task that’s been mostly enjoyable, the occasional troll notwithstanding.
However, there’s been a gradual rise in commenters who feel entitled to an extended response to their statements, and will pester if they don’t get the affirmation they seek. Some clearly need their own blog while others seek a research assistant. I can’t help with either of those so I’m shutting down comments.
Thanks to those who have commented enjoyably — you know who you are.