On and off I think about the comments section to this blog. The question of “should I moderate” I have answered with a “yes,” and continue to feel this decision is appropriate.
Somewhat more pertinent is the question of “how should I moderate”? This is, for the most part, a mechanical question. Thus far, my policy has been pretty simple: no profanity – to which I have occasionally, but rarely, both allowed violations and violated depending on my view of the appropriateness within the specific thread.
I hold a slightly higher hurdle for any comments posted by “Anonymous,” although I am not sure I have ever had to flex my editorial muscle in this regard. I have also stopped posting comments from two individuals, but the last one of these was at least a year or more ago.
Recent events, comments, and emails have caused me to consider the question: Should the way I deal with comments change?
So, this is my request of you: do you see that there is a problem in how I handle the comments section? If so: What are your thoughts about how I should moderate and otherwise productively involve myself in the comments?