In response to a request from one of our commenters, I scoured the web until I found a way to allow images (photos) to be inserted into comments. I found a WordPress plugin that supports this capability and have installed and configured it. (WordPress is the software on which this blog is built, a plugin is a piece of software that modifies the basic functionality of the base software, and a very smart fella by the name of Tom Wright wrote the Easy Comment Uploads plugin.)
I’ve got it configured so that only registered users can incorporate photos into their comments; this will guard against spam comments with spam photos (e.g., pornographic images — this is, and will, remain a genteel blog!). At the very least, I’ll know who inserted unwanted images into their comments, can disable them, and can delete or edit the offending comment.
At present, only JPEG images, GIF images, and PNG images are permitted. I might try to expand the repertoire a bit later on (perhaps to support videos, even sound recordings) if there’s any demand for it, but I suspect that 99.9% of the images you’ll want to upload will be JPEG images anyway.
The way to use this new feature when you’re commenting on a post (or on a previous comment to a post) is to click on the “Browse” button below the comment text box and select the image file on your computer that you want included in your comment. When the preview of the image displays, you copy the code below the image filename (e.g., [img.../img]) and paste it into your comment. When you’re done with the comment, just click Submit Comment as usual.