As much as I prefer the freewheeling nature of the comments section here at the blog, I have to admit that I’m getting tired of being GTP‘s cop on the beat. I find that I spend way more time than I’d like going through comments to make sure I’m not being played by posters employing sockpuppets to reinforce their point of view. (I’m also getting tired of a couple of very clever spammers who’ve figured out how to get around WP’s antispam stuff.) Judging from the steady flow of e-mails I receive, there are quite a few of you who are also unhappy about the sockpuppetry.
A lot of you make very clever use of monikers and I’d hate to lose that, but I’m not sure I’m willing to pay the price for that any longer. WordPress gives me some options: I can require that commenters have to register first before they can comment and I can also set things up so that no comments can appear without either my prior approval of the poster or ongoing approval of each comment. (The last seems like even more trouble than what I’m already doing, to be honest.)
Anyway, I haven’t decided what to do yet, and in any event, I wanted input from you guys before I did something. So I’ve embedded a poll to get your opinion on my options. Please give me as much feedback on it and in the comments as you can.
It’s worth saying at this point that I appreciate all my readers and commenters. You make GTP what it is. And thanks for your help with this.