This has been on the comments form for some time:
MO Comments Policy: I make it up as I go along.
Basically, I don’t mess with them unless you’re out of line or spamming. The definition of “out of line” is “whatever I feel is out of line” but is generally limited to truly hateful stuff. Don’t make a fool out of yourself.
I post it here so that I can link to it when I feel the need.
Also, the blogosphere seems to be under a wide-scale comment spam attack. I use MT-Blacklist, and it seems to be holding up quite well. However, in the process of clearing out large numbers of spams, I appear to have accidentally added my own domain to my blacklist. This means that I probably deleted some of my own comments inadvertently. The problem is now fixed, but I don’t know what, if anything, was lost. For all I know, I’ve also accidentally deleted other “real” comments in the process of trying to keep ahead of the spam. If I’ve done so, I apologize.
No particular individual commenters (not even Mystery Poster) have been banned from commenting on MO. The only banning (besides adding search strings to MT-Blacklist) that I’ve ever had to implement was blocking a few IP addresses that seemed to be auto-attacking me after I posted the Nick Berg video last spring.
If you cannot post a comment for some reason, email me and I’ll look into it.
For the record, as of this writing ZERO comments have been deleted for failure to comply with my policy. A couple have been close, but I’ve elected not to pull the trigger. I hope that this streak will continue. I want my little corner of the internet to be a place where ideas, thoughts, and crackpot ideas can all Come Together. Right now. Over me.
UPDATE 12/02/2004: A couple of modifications to the comments policy:
- I will try to delete duplicate comments if possible.
- If I delete a comment for reasons other than spam or duplication, I will replace the deleted text with [comment deleted] and remove the email and URL (if any) of the poster
- If a comment is accidentally deleted during de-spamming, I will repost it later (if I can) with a note about the original time and date
- If you think a legit comment has been deleted or removed, feel free to email me about it
I’ve had a lot of problems with comment spam lately and I know I’ve accidentally deleted at least three legit comments. My apologies.