Sunday, June 13, 2010

Comment Moderation Goes Into Effect Now

This is the last of my blogs to have comment moderation.

I've got two reasons for using comment moderation:
  • Spam
    • These 'comments' are usually text in an east Asian language, followed by a string of periods, each a link to some more-or-less-scuzzy-sounding URL
    • Spam, English-language or otherwise, is not welcome here
  • Keeping track
    • I like to keep up with comments
    • My old system was time-consuming
    • Comment moderation, I've found, gives me a heads-up on new comments as I work
      • Making it easier and faster to check out the comments
If this sounds like I've sacrificed your satisfaction at seeing your comments appear within moments to my desire to keep track of what's happening in this blog - you could be right.

On the 'up' side, you can be more sure now, that I'll actually see your comment.

Why didn't I list 'censorship' among my reasons? Unless you count filtering out spam as censorship: that's not my intent.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.