STOP PRESS: Friday 19th July well it appears that the problem has been fixed for all my UK buddies, but there are a few glitches such as my receiving multiple notifications by email if you comment on one of my posts, and I can’t comment on individual photos in a gallery, but I do have a voice again – so thank you Akismet support for getting this very irritating problem fixed. I do think the communication from WordPress could have been handled better, but all’s well that ends well. I hope 🙂
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The problem appears to be fixed now. If you’re in the UK, and you’re still experiencing the issue, please let us know, especially if you’re a BT or Sky customer: http://akismet.com/contact/ We’re still investigating the underlying cause. It seems to be a network-related issue specific to some UK broadband networks and affecting only WordPress.com. If we can publish more details than that then we will. If you’re not in the UK then your problem is not the one being discussed in this thread.