So.. It seems WP in fact doesn't actually REMOVE spam or deleted comments. It just tags them as that in the database.

This is in fact a PITA at export/import time, as it will export and import those as well.  4k+ spam comments.  Yey.

Now then, updated to the latest "Please don't be buggy " release, and it worked. I'm amazed they didn't get that wrong either.  And yes, I'm looking at a replacement that might not take fifteen years and five million DB acces to load a page. Not much luck so far.

G2 needs another slap in the face, but I can't quite deal with that either, as I am quite addicted to the upload feature in f-spot.