A brief word on comments
I’ve been impressed with the quality of dicsussion we’ve had since we brought comments up. Lots of great stuff, and I’m happy I did it. We’ve only had a couple dick-y posts, and while I’d feared I’d end up hacking together some register-to-post-comments script (which may eventually happen anyway) that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon.
That said, I want to lay out the basic philosophy of comment moderation:
I will do no moderation.
I will, however, ban people.
If someone’s on dialup or has dynamic IP addressing, so they can get around banning and that means I have to ban ranges, preventing innocent people from posting, I’m going to do that.
I know that sucks. But… I don’t have time. To avoid being banned, when you’re posting in reply to people, pretend you’re arguing with an umpire.
“You blew that call, he was safe by a mile.” — Okay
“You blow.” — Ejected
I’ll eventually write this up as a gentle policy reminder, but… I don’t want to, because then I have to write up “don’t post copyrighted material, blah blah blah” and stuff and I’d rather argue whether Beltran’s worth signing as a free agent, or knock something off my page-long to-do list for tweaking USSM 2.1 to make Dave happy ($@##%@^ link formatting).
And if you know of a hack for WordPress that would allow a registration barrier for comments, drop me a line.