Scott pointed out that under Internet Explorer the text entry box for comments is appearing way the hell down the page instead of just underneath the fields for name, email and URL like it’s supposed to. It looks fine under Firefox so I hadn’t noticed before now.
There’s another issue with trying to sign in with your TypeKey (or TypePad) account to leave a comment in that it doesn’t actually do anything at this point. So I tried setting things up so that only TypeKey authenticated comments were allowed to see if that would work and noticed that the template goes a little haywire in saying that you are both signed in and not signed in regardless of what your status actually is. The same is true after you sign in as well so clearly I’ve managed to mangle the code in trying to adapt it to my current template. The good news is that TypeKey authentication does work properly when it’s the only option available to you even if the display of the form goes all wonky. So I’ll be doing a deep-dive on the code for commenting on the site to see if I can figure out what the hell I’m doing wrong and get it displaying properly. Right now, with authentication not mandatory, it shouldn’t affect anyone’s ability to leave comments.
As a side note it occurred to me that even though the main page at the TypeKey site hasn’t been updated to allow for registrations it is possible by clicking on the “sign in” link in the comment form to access the TypeKey page that will allow you to register an account if you don’t already have one. For those of you who are interested in trying it out that’s one way to do so and no one has specifically told me you shouldn’t try it out (and I have asked) so I see no harm in mentioning it.