Because I’ve been getting swamped with with spam posts, I’ve tried setting up MoveableType’s spam filtering. Of course, one such attempt resulted in my deleting all past comments, but those were thankfully recovered.
The setup now is that in order for comments to be posted, I need to approve them (yes I know the post-comment-submit page is horrid, I’ll get to that eventually). The thing is that many loyal readers were somehow flagged as “banned” commenters such that I didn’t even get an e-mail alerting me that these comments needed my approval. This meant that many legitimate and even insightful comments submitted over the past few weeks never got published. This has now been corrected.
I hope things will go a little more smoothly now, and many apologies for the delay.