PHP in templates is so last decade
Back in 1998, when commenting on blogs started to take off, the web was a different place. Blog comments were friendly, hey I like your site, or super nice pasta recipe. Then the bots started coming around, first they were robotic, programmed, then they were human, paid.
Today, if I were handing a blog over to someone, a person who’s had limited Internet exposure to the Trolls, I would inform them of the perils of letting them in. I would tell them that a thick digital skin is only derived from experience, and it’s the only way to cope with the deluge. I would teach them to recognize a genuine comment, and to just ignore the rest.
Moving on, I’d love to invite discourse right here, a little button over there, on the right. All gradient looking, nice font, saying something like Discuss.