comments … help … geekery

I’ve been planning on turning on comments again for a while, but there is the issue of a sacrificed goat preventing me.

Around 2 1/2 years ago, I turned off comments on my blog, I think it was MT2.6-ish. I also went through the MT install and trashed all the files relating to comments. I’m fairly sure I followed some instructions I found on the MT forums for this.

I’ve been thinking about turning comments back on, but having updated to 3.34 and being such a long time, I can’t remember what I did, or how to undo it.

The only thing I have to go on is I have the warning, “Note: Commenting is currently disabled at the system level” in the feedback settings, and I haven’t been able to find any info on what this refers to.

I’m planning on putting the comments into the templates in the next week or so as a distraction from grant writing, but it’s the backend that has me completely mystified.

I’ve looked through my current mt install, and it looks like all the necessary files are there, in default_templates, lib/MT and lib/MT/app, PHP/lib, tmpl/cms. I did remove all the comment code from the index and individual templates though, and not sure about any javascript or cookies code that should be there.

I’m fairly ok-ish with mucking around in MT, but I have absolutely no idea where to start, and Movable Type’s search function is utter crap.

So …

Does anyone know either how to re-enable comments from such a state, or how to reinstall the comments part of MT (along with some good anti-spam plugins)?

Please email me if you can help, thanks.