In almost five years of blogging and more than six thousand posts I have experienced only a few occasions in which I had to turn on comment moderation. Most of the time it has been a brief method of preventing a bout of comment spam.
On the whole I have a pretty liberal comment policy. This is not a zone in which I demand that everyone agree with me. It hasn't been uncommon to find posts in which the commenters and I have diametrically opposed opinions. And that is ok, I don't expect everyone to agree with me.
Within the past two weeks or so this blog has been hit with some of the most vile remarks I have seen. More than a few of you slugs have suggested that I die a horrible death. It really is heartwarming, although I must admit that I have been disappointed at the lack of creativity in the suggestions.
Sadly I must draw the line at allowing that sort of hate speech to be posted here. So I must make a comment about the policy. Think of it if you will as the Animal House policy, "They can't do that to our pledges, only we can do that to our pledges."
That is my way of saying that I hold final say on all comments. My decision, end of story. Don't care if you don't like it. Go start your own blog or grab a soap box and a bull horn.
One more quick remark. I have been jammed for time and haven't been as good as normal about responding to comments. My apologies for this, I am endeavoring to improve upon it.