Comments on vowe.net were always much better than on the rest of the Internet. I attribute this in part to my policy to only keep comments published with a full name.
When I migrated to WordPress, I switched on comment moderation. I needed to approve every person only once and things would run smoothly. A while ago, I had a few people who wanted to test my tolerance, for instance by publishing comments under my own name. Then I switched off auto moderation, and now I must approve every single comment.
That means it may take a little while for your comment to appear. But it also relieves me from deleting comments that have already been published.
There was a grace period where I would inform you if you “forgot” to enter your full name, but that ends now. I just trash the comment.
Spam comments far outnumber regular comments, but Akismet takes care of them. There is quite a bit of housekeeping going on when you allow other people to post to your website without authorization.
This website is more than 20 years old, and I have never used your mail addresses for anything put sending you a direct reply. I don’t to newsletters, I do not keep a list of commenters, I don’t track visitors, I don’t run advertisements, I do not do advertorials.
In summary: this place should not even exist. And that is why it does.