Lots of discussion of the new verifying system for comments. If it's so bad, maybe it's meant to be, to get us all turning it off and commenting more?
That makes sense, to get discussion, and repeat visits, and more info from us - you can monetise that - and more ad views, with it all encouraging bloggers to post more often, for yet more info.
Canageek has a very persuasive interpretation in the 12th comment here at Tim's. Who knows - maybe someone can earn on the spam itself?
I've heard the case for lowering shields. To some extent I'm with Tim - if you really are a robot, I want you to check in. But why not wait - in case it is what we're meant to do? What's good news for one of the biggest companies isn't necessarily good for us all.
Also, the amount of spam might go up now if so many people are switching it off. Then again, maybe it's time to ask what's so bad about spam anyway - most is obvious, and spotting the rest is good mental exercise. I'd likely go the route here at Rended Press._