It's been ten years of letting everyone post but over the past few weeks I've been deleting as many as sixty spam comments a day, usually from people selling fake shoes or bags. They all get screened, and then deleted which makes me wonder why anybody would bother spamming things that never get unscreened, buy my guess is that it's automated and there's no reason for whoever's doing it to turn it off. I'd really like to find them and lock them in a hole somewhere.
So, for the time being, in order to comment you need to be a "registered user" which doesn't mean a livejournal user -- you can use any of the OpenID platforms such as twitter or Facebook to log in. Sorry about that.
I'll try this for a while and try switching back. The overhead was just too much.