So we all know the current state of commenting is borked; Kinja continues to be... Kinja, and we all know things are never going to go back to the way they were before. It took the bots and the trolls less than a week to get back in here after last week's action, and blurring pending images is a less than elegant solution. Really, it's treating the symptom while leaving the problem itself intact.
To those that are potentially considering leaving, just remember: we've been here through two or three comment system changes, multiple Site redesigns, troll attacks, and the great Gawker Password Kerfuffle of 2010... and we are still here. Don't leave. The trolls will eventually lose interest and will blow away like they always do. Don't let these idiots drive you away.
You're Niners, and you're better than them.