My comments policy didn't use to be an issue at all as there were relatively few comments (and readers). First off, thanks to all the readers who find this blog interesting enough to read and discuss. However, I have also attracted the attention of a few individuals who have a history of questionable civility.
I do not want to turn on comment moderation for all posts. I enjoy a free discussion of ideas and feel that comment moderation creates a significant barrier. It also raises questions as to what posts are being censored or subjected to "reasoned discourse."
My compromise for now has been to turn on moderation for all posts older than four days. This allows me to keep a better handle on what is being posted, especially on the older content.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thugs beating up a 50 year old man
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