I don’t want people to think I’m being disingenuous, so I’ll say it immediately and outright-I will NOT approve comments I don’t like, I’ll be quick to ban, and I don’t like spam.
A lot of people like the idea of being able to foster an open comments section by allowing comments from people who are either being rude or are repeating the same point obstinately over and over or who are insulting people. I respect such people. It’s a great way to run a blog, because people aren’t scared to post controversial things that might be considered offensive. It fosters discussion. That’s good!
I am not so patient. If you’re being rude, you’re banned. If I have a reason to think you’re a troll, you’re banned. If I want to stop discussing something and you continue to keep bringing it up, you’re banned. No, not immediately-I’ll give a LITTLE leeway. But not a lot. I don’t want to spend energy having pointless arguments and I don’t want to tolerate rude comments.
Maybe if I’m in a good mood eventually I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and allow you to comment again. I’ll also give you more leeway if I already know you’re generally a good poster, so yes, I absolutely play favorites.
My blog, my rules.
You have been warned.