A Conundrum

I am now moderating all my comments and track backs to eliminate comment and track back spam.  I wish there were an automated way to do this, but I have not found one that works for me.

I hate moderating comments for a bunch of reasons, mostly because I need to do it at least three or four times a day and because the people who post them don’t get the immediate result of seeing their comment posted.

But there is one other reason that I hate moderating comments.  I do not want to censure censor the readers of this blog.  I have never deleted a comment that was posted (even if it was insulting to me personally) as long as there wasn’t pornography or hate speech in it.

But when you look at the comments and have to decide to let them in or not, it puts you in a different place.

Today, I am faced with a comment on my Heather Wilson post that is really offensive to me.  The commenter who otherwise makes a pretty decent point about knee jerk liberalism stepped over the line with a really offensive comment about the gay marriage issue.

And so for the first time in the two plus years that I have been blogging, I am not going to let a comment go up on my blog.

It really pains me to do this.