comments have been fixed. order has been restored to all that is holy and good.
for you MT geeks out there, i think the problem was a bloated mt_comments table (9500+ junk comments) which could not be deleted from the MT admin interface (kept getting an error). i manually deleted all those rows and then OPTIMIZED the table in phpMyAdmin. whereas the table was previously 135MB, it dropped to 200K after optimization and deletion of rows. nice and spiffy without the spam.
phew. saved me the hassle of upgrading to MT4.0 (which may be easy for all i know, but usually involves a few migration headaches after the fact).
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