Okay, I got a TON of complaints after turning the comments off last week so I am going to test an alternative this week. I am turning Disqus on with the hope that user registration and a more organized commenting system makes the moderation and handling much simpler from my end. Posts can be voted on so bad content will get pushed down and users can be picked as moderators to help with any negative commentary on the site.
I hope this is a healthy and productive alternative to just shutting things down entirely. Any feedback during the week would be appreciated. Thanks.