dalyea - 5:48 am on Feb 14, 2012 (gmt 0)
Yes, that seems to have worked. I put the comments above the deny lines, and that was fine. I actually have a deny that is:
deny from Sosospider
When that is in, I immediately see the expanded format. So add to your suggestion not to put comments at the end (um.... I guess maybe that's not valid in .htaccess...) to not use "deny from name", which I did read somewhere was ok to do.