Today, the Guy behind the Curtain and I had a palaver. I can be a tough sell at times. I am also "rules averse," preferring maximum freedom for discussion and the sharing of thoughts. After about 15 minutes, he convinced me of the wisdom of his suggestions.
Moderation words and phrases
We have decided to tweak our moderation words/phrases a bit in order to allow for more seamless discussion. At the same time, we, along with other blogs, are receiving a large number of spam comments each day which attempt to bypass our moderation by using alternative spellings for banned words. These spammers are disgusting and their comments will often direct people to porn sites.
Bypassing moderated words and phrases
We kindly ask that all of you not use alternative spelling to bypass the moderation queue. We know it is frustrating to wait on approvals but we are asking for your patience. If you continue to use the alternate spelling, we will have no choice but to put ALL of your comments in moderation. That is guaranteed to be a frustrating experience.
If you have questions about our moderation, please send us emails to discuss it. Please do not discuss it in the comment thread. Those types of comments will be deleted in the future.
Dominating discussions by sheer volume
Also, we would ask that everybody watch the number of comments per thread. If you approach 15-20% of the comments, contemplate if the conversation is now being dominated by you. Sometimes, it is OK for that to happen when it draws many people into the conversation. However, at other times, a preponderance of comments from one source can cause the conversation to become stifled.
I hope you do not think we are becoming legalistic or uncaring in our approach. Please feel free to email us with your concerns. We are always open to critique. This blog is about you, not us. Unfortunately we have to deal with the problems behind the scenes. Thank yoy for being so supportive of us!