So, getting more experience with this blogging thing, I’ve had to delete a couple of very nasty comments in the last day or so, one of which my moderation filter caught, but the other was out there for a bit before I caught it. Gratefully, it was on an old post that no one else had commented on, so I don’t think anyone saw it. (I apologize if you did.)
However, this has made me rethink my WordPress settings, and I’ve changed the commenting policy to require that comment authors have at least one approved comment. Most of my fellow WordPress bloggers wisely left this default setting in. One of my reasons for starting a blog was to get away from heavy handed moderation, and this probably led me to be a bit too lenient.
So, if you haven’t had a comment go to moderation here before, expect it on one comment. It should be the only one unless you post a lot of links.
I very much enjoy the discussion and debate of my regular visitors and this will hopefully keep the environment enjoyable.
Update: Well, it looks like either anyone who has commented before, or perhaps anyone who is authenticated, is grandfathered in by WordPress, which is great! It means I probably could’ve skipped this post, but I do very much appreciate the support. Thank you!