I don’t know about you but I think this weblog has settled down nicely now that comment moderation is turned-on. There is a downside and that’s having to flick through the comments to approve them, in a batch, so it’s no longer real time but this does keep the ‘trolls’ away and the conversation at a more civilised level of engagement.
That said, when I run through the comments, I can see the mail I’m receiving from one barred reader, full of predictable abuse and frustrated venom. The IP address goes straight ‘in the bin’ and I would strongly recommend a course of therapy or at least anger management for the person concerned.
In fact, traffic has actually grown since I put comment moderation in place, with the moving average of visitors showing an increase. Perhaps people feel more comfortable in a moderated setting, knowing that the nastier side of ‘blogging’ that we witnessed over the past two weeks won’t be tolerated here anymore.