“I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
John Wayne in "The Shootist."
I took comment moderation out of the blog set up. Anyone who read the comments on "Reworking the Blog" will have picked up on that , I think.
Everyone who has a blog has to deal with the issue of censorship. I went to "comment moderation" because some of the comments I was getting were so full of vulgarity and obscenity that I couldn't publish them. However, some comments I didn't publish were not offensive for that reason, but rather because they expressed views attacking my own, heavily larded with personal insults. I don't mind someone disagreeing with me, but I don't care for personal insult. I don't do that to other people and don't intend to tolerate it from others. My thought is that I will go ahead and post comments that disagree with me, so long as they are written in a manner conducive to conversation and not insult.
For instance, if someone says "you are a stupid *@#*$^" because you don't like Islamic fundamentalists" I'm going to delete it.
If they say "it's wrong to dislike Islamic fundamentalists" I'm going to leave it and explain exactly why I do dislike (that's not a strong enough word) them. I have no problem with that. They can say what they think, and I'll say what I think, and anyone else can join the conversation.
If I get a comment that says "ha ha ha ha ha you are an *#&@^ and your wife is a &#&^%$, then I'm going to delete it. That's pointless, contributes nothing, and is a waste of my time because I'm not bothered by mindless insults. Nor do I want other people who come here to have to see that kind of thing.
But I notice not having comment moderation does cause one issue. When it was on, I had no trouble keeping up with new comments because I got a list of them in my email. But now, the only way I can find new comments is to scroll through the comment section of a post. So if someone comments on an old post, I don't know it. Has anyone come up with a solution to this, other than having comment moderation enabled?