Why I moderate comments on this blog

I approve probably 99% of all comments on this site, erring on the side of free expression, but the very fact that comments are moderated seems to deter the comments that drag down unmoderated sites. As the result, there are usually great, intelligent comments here, many from people who disagree with my politics, many that correct or expand on my knowledge of real estate or the financial world (an easy task), but all great stuff. This article from Canada, and its comments, reminds me of why it’s worth the effort.


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6 responses to “Why I moderate comments on this blog

  1. Walt

    Weasel Boy –
    As far as I can tell, you have no knowledge of the financial world, so how exactly can we help you expand your knowledge of it? Just wondering.
    In terms of moderating comments on your blog? I have mixed feelings. The point of a blog is free speech. Will some folks cross the line? Absolutely. But thats the price of freedom. If Barakastam wanted to approve posts after you gave them a go ahead, would you agree with that? I think not.
    So let folks post, and if someone puts a hoof… a foot, over the line, delete them. Or let the world see them for the morons they are. Why doesn’t that work?
    Just wondering.
    Your Pal,

  2. Walt

    Dude Man –
    One other thing. Next time you get your pantys in a knot with the GAR, think about this. This is when you know you are having a bad day:
    1) You get run over by a car
    2) The cars occupants proceed to beat you to death


    That is a bad day. Until then stop the frigging whining.
    Your Pal,

  3. XYount

    I actually didn’t mind the comments on this site–or at least the first page of them, that’s as far as I got Readers sounded funny or intelligent or both. Sort of like your readers. This difference is your maximum number of comments is in the 30s (I think), not 10 pages and counting.

    I, for one, hope that doesn’t change.

  4. Greenwich Ex-Pat

    I didn’t read all the comments, but the sampling I did read, was far from the worst I’ve ever seen. And I did note that a comment or two was removed.

    But, the hacking back and forth between “libtards” and “conservuhtards” gets a bit old after a while. And one word I’ve never seen on this here blog is “A$$hat”.

    A rule of thumb I’ve seen used on blogs that seems to work is that if you must attack, attack the content and not the poster. An unmoderated or unsupervised blog tends to degenerate into a free-for-all pretty fast.

  5. Gideon Fountain

    Yep, those are really crappy comments. Maybe it’s a Canadian thing…

  6. Peg

    Perhaps one day, for pure entertainment’s sake, you can publish some of your comments that fall into that 1%, Christopher.

    Nothing like pornography 🙂