Ok for everyone that is freaked out at the moment by the whole commenting debacle here is what happened.
I was out on Saturday at a photography walkabout with some fellow bloggers, and one thing that popped up in discussions about forninepounds was that the only way to comment was either by your blogger account or Open ID.
More often bloggers prefer to enter there blog name and url which was not offered here, also they may not have a blogger account or Open ID and thus we have bloggers out there wanting to comment and been unable too, in turn we miss that interaction with people outside our community.
Commenting as we all know is what bloggers love, I think it has been said before that sometimes the comments we leave here outweigh the posts themselves, so at last the lurkers that we know have been here now have a way of joining in.
The smaller pop up window is something SL is working on, MW has been having issues commenting which has been documented here and it possibly has something to do with the pop up window been blocked, once sorted it will probably go back to the smaller window.
The Capchta or word verification is there solely to deter comment spam, and since everyone now has a way of commenting, this would include spammers, this will also be monitored and may also disappear after time.
So to all the writers here, hopefully you can embrace these changes, and to all those people we have called lurkers for ages please dont lurk no more join our cult and obey the one who must be obeyed, or at the very least please comment.