Unfortunately, a few commenters who've been abusing this blog's free speech preference have forced me to start moderating comments for a while.
What this means is that I'll approve comments for publication as soon as I'm able to do this. May take a few hours, so be patient.
Here's how I put it in a recent comment of my own:
Daljit, great point. No, RSSB doesn't have any web sites or blogs where people can freely comment. But I'm pleased to allow this, because unlike RSSB, I believe in free speech and open discussion of ideas -- even, or especially, those I disagree with.
I do have some commenting limits, though. "Trolls" aren't welcome here.
Meaning, people who aren't really interested in open discussion of ideas, but just want to spout their own narrow views, usually religious, with boring repetition. I'll be patient with them for a while, to see if they're really Troll-like, then their comments get deleted.
One commenter in particular has caused me to start moderating comments, ilanovitch. I've deleted all of the comments he's written.
Perhaps it's just an amazing coincidence that he writes in a style that's very similar to "Ashy," who also used other names, as described in a 2009 blog post, "Commenting quandary." And that ilanovitch also lives in Cape Town, South Africa, where Ashy lived.
It's too bad that religious fanatics don't have better things to do than come on this blog and leave so many off-topic, obnoxious, insulting comments I have to moderate comments temporarily.
Anyway, rest assured that non-troll comments will be published by me if they're mostly on-topic and not overly preachy. Remember: commenting is a privilege, not a right.