If you are among the daily visitors you may have noticed that during the past few months I have turned on the comment moderation feature several times. The reason has been because the good old Shack is taking a shellacking from spammers who choose to pollute the blog with all sorts of commercial notices.
I have a fairly liberal commenting policy in which I let a lot go. Unlike some other bloggers I don't always nuke comments that oppose my point-of-view. In a number of cases I have retained comments that were patently offensive.
The reason is simple, one of the reasons that I blog is for the dialogue. I like the interaction. I like to have my views challenged. I don't like being wrong and I don't like looking like a fool, but sometimes that is the price for pay for engaging others.
Anyway, during the past few months there have been a number of times in which people have placed comments that are nothing more than an ad for a business. I appreciate their belief that my blog serves as a good platform for promoting these companies, but I don't appreciate being used.
Or should I say that I don't appreciate being used for advertising for commercial services unless I am paid for it or have decided that I want to promote a product/service.
So, if you post these blatant ads without consulting me first there is a good chance that I am going to remove them. I'd rather not implement the comment moderation again, but if that is what it takes so be it.