I'm planning to do some real posting later on this week, but for today, I just wanted to revisit the new commenting policy. I think there's still some misunderstanding about it all, as evidenced by this recent comment from a reader:
Exactly. This is your place, and you can decide what you want to do with it. As I will decide if I want to continue reading you after observing the implementation of your new policy.I'm going to say this again, because I think it's important to say it: I will not and do not withhold comments simply because the commenter doesn't agree with me. I will withhold comments under the following conditions only:
I've disagreed with you in the past, and it's unfair to "shut my mike off" when you allow other who probably agree with you to continue.
1. The commenter is unnecessarily rude or uncivil to me or to other commenters/readers.
2. The commenter continues to post anonymously, without even a nickname, after having been asked to supply a nickname.
3. The commenter is using a post merely to advance his/her own agenda which is not even tangentially related to the post, to spam, or to otherwise manipulate the commenting system.
If your comment doesn't show up and you're sure you didn't violate 1-3, above, please DO contact me! I have no control over which comments end up in Blogger's spam folder, and though I try to check it periodically, I don't always get to it in a timely manner.
Now: here's an example of a comment I did NOT approve. I'm sharing it here so that those of you who may have wondered about my institution of moderated comments can see the sort of thing that's been cropping up lately. Ordinarily, under the old system, I'd just remove these when I saw them--but in the meantime my readers might have seen them, too. However, since I'm a night owl and these sorts of drive-by commenters tend to post at night, I'd bet I've been able to catch quite a few before my readers ever saw them. This little gem was posted on Christmas Day, by the way, by an anonymous commenter who left no nickname:
thank you for taking time from your busy day of purging homos from your comments and fretting that somewhere a woman is using birth control to wish us a Merry ChristmasIt's fairly mild, of its kind; the writer stays away from profanity and doesn't write pages of stuff about how evil I am or how wicked my readers are, but I share it here as an example: if you don't post stupidity like this, I'll probably approve your comment, even if we disagree about everything under the sun.
From my perspective, the new commenting policy has already done some good. I've seen readers who were hesitant to post comments before decide to do so, or to comment more frequently. I've seen a marked drop in the comments of the type I shared just above. And I don't have to worry that the first thing I'll have to do in the morning is scrape gunk out of a comment box, whether it's gunk of the "Please to be very nice posting!" variety with a link (which Blogger still sometimes doesn't recognize as spam) or whether it's gunk of the "Hope you rot in the hell I don't believe exists," sort, which is amusingly illogical but also, frankly, tiresome.
How is it working for you? Do you find yourself hesitating to comment knowing that your comment will have to be approved--or is it easier to say what you want knowing that attackers won't be able to spring out from the shadows? Let me know!