Well, I guess they always were working. But mt-blacklist (the spamblock software “alas” uses) is working again, meaning that the spam is back down to a managable trickle, rather than being an impossible-to-deal-with torrent. Thanks muchly to site admin Eric and co-blogger Lucia (hi, Eric! hi, Lucia!) for their help (I think it was something Eric did that fixed it in the end).