The first time I used comment moderation was during the city marshal's race back in March. This is what I published then:
I am instituting comment moderation on the blog, this means that I will have to read and approve any comments that are left before they go up.
I am doing this because a lot of unnecessary comments, some bordering on slander, some silly and some just outrageous, have been left lately.
You will still be able to fully express your view, support your candidates, and discuss your agreement/disagreement with any candidate or their platform. What you won't be able to do is make accusatory remarks that can't be substantiated.
Let's see if it improves the level of our discussions.
Now I am forced to do it again, and I hope we don't have to keep it up until the election. I detest doing this to my regular readers, who comment all the time and are accustomed to seeing their comments go up immediately. It is necessary, however. I'll turn it off from time to time over the next couple of days and see if we can get back to normal.