I must sadly announce that I have been forced to enable comment moderation today. I've just been overwhelmed with trolls- it really only takes three or four to totally take any fun out of blogging, and I suspect they are (deliberately) driving other people from reading my blog.
So, what I have learned is this characteristic of trolls: They start out by posting comments that are very wrong, but are at least somewhat related to my posts, then rapidly move to getting more and more irrelevant and vicious, until they end up like Anonymous, calling me a butt fucking faggot, or this Dikran character, saying that my wife must be deeply defective if she is with me. If I start deleting their comments, after a short time they will ratchet back the disgusting comments, and being the sucker for free speech that I am, I generally let them come back, at which point the whole sick thing begins again.
Well, enough. I really liked the idea of letting anyone comment, whatever they had to say, but it turns out that doing so is like leaving the keys in the car at the mall. It is absorbing a very significant part of the energy I have for blogging, and I can't take it any more. I hope people who do feel like making relevant comments will understand, and accept having to wait a little while to see their comments, rather than have to fill their minds with vicious right wing swill. I will make an effort to stay on top of this as much as I can.