Over the years I have had to apply stricter and stricter moderation values on the combox so that it doesn’t degenerate into the slime you see in the comboxes of sites like the National Sodomitical Reporter or Crux or Amerika, etc.
Right now I’m culling my automatic moderation list (where some commentators wind up for various reasons), in order to make things move a little quicker and more freely.
I hope everyone will be on their best behavior.
While I have greatly strengthened the spam defenses against attacks, I also see that some commentators are being automatically locked out. I can fix that, if that happens. I’ll keep an eye out for likely candidates, though I can’t be watching all the time.
Since the defenses are higher, I will also loosen up the combox, with the understanding that if you are a jerk, I’ll probably ban you for good rather than just put you in moderation purgatory.
BTW… A sure way to get yourself put into moderation is to waste my time and yours attempting to discuss my moderation policies. One mention at all, in a comment, and the whole comment goes. “Fr. Z probably won’t release this, but…”. Okay. Have it your way. “I don’t understand why my comments aren’t posted.” That’s gone, too. Just a couple examples.
Sorry, folks. I don’t have a staff. I’m just one guy doing my best. I’d rather have a blog with 10 good comments per post than more traffic and zillions of comments that drag us into the muck.