I hated doing this, but it has become necessary. You now have to register with an off-site authentication service in order to leave a comment here. It’s not hard; just follow the links at the Typekey page, and it should sail through and let you comment freely afterwards. (In theory, you should also be able to use OpenID authorization — I’ve toggled it on in the Pharyngula master control panel, let me know if it works).
In other news, you are a cruel bunch, and the overall response to my Pilate-like offer to turn the responsibility of banning Alan Clarke over to you was that most of you declined to shut him down, the reaction that he himself argued would be most civil. He has a temporary reprieve now, although if he keeps whining that goddidit I may smite him anyway. The argument most often given for sparing him is that he is a really good training dummy — he makes truly stupid arguments that inspire informative rebuttals — so I expect you to continue to abuse him in that tradition.