I’ve spent the last day and a half scrubbing the database and rebuilding the core of this site from scratch in an effort to figure out what’s been going on with the commenting. There were also a few other backend issues I had to track down and deal with as well.
I’m really sorry about the mess around here since last night but the downtime was worth it because everything is fixed.
Part of the issue resided in the comment meta data within the commenting database. It took forever to clean everything up and put it all back together but it’s working now.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to recover a few comments from the last couple of days. I was searching through over 2,000 from the last year and I missed a few apparently. I’m really sorry about that but I’m not going back in to find them cause I’m feeling pretty lucky that it’s all working again and I don’t want to poke the bear.
Thank you all for your patience and things will back to normal shortly.