i understand why the article itself is blocked, but why can we no longer see comments?

Right, @Old and Cynical.  It bugs me that it tells me there are comments but won’t let me see them.  It like your phone ringing but it won’t let you answer, or even see who is calling!

For the last two days no SA articles received, either from followed authors or via portfolio listed stocks, have shown comments when opened, even when the heading shows comments available. Very frustrating, please fix it.

I started a thread on this topic a couple of days or weeks back.  Then I did not face a problem for a few days and now its back.  I feel like its clear that SA is testing some new functionality on the site.  I hope this is not the way of the future for SA.