This is just a short post to say that I’ve noticed, with the help of another commenter, that those who’ve been previously banned here have figured out a way to circumvent my comment filter. That’s called gaming the system. Since they don’t believe in the system or following the rules, they break them. A few have even bragged about having done this multiple times. Banning for them means nothing since, like Dracula or zombies, they rise from the dead only to return.
Unlike other bloggers, I actively monitor and participate in the comment threads here. I do this in order to try to maintain a certain quality, tone & standards in the discussions. I not appreciate those who happily make a mockery of all the effort I put into this. It in effect devalues the comment threads, since no one can trust that people are who they say they are. Like the Russian campaign to elect Trump, this sort of sabotage is precisely what they have in mind. They hope it will devalue the entire blog when, in reality, most of us can suss out who the frauds are and separate their fraud from the value of the blog itself.
Unfortunately for them and for others who may legitimately use similar methods to visit the blog and post comments, I will be instituting changes in permissions for commenters in the near future. I will not spell out those procedures, since clearly there are those who would use that information to further game the system. If you have been previously blocked here and are still commenting, I hope you will find it harder (or impossible) to do what you’re doing.
If you are a legitimate commenter who has not been banned and find that these changes impede your ability to post comments, please contact me directly/privately.
One benefit of this new approach is that it may make commenters who dislike or disagree or flagrantly violate my comment rules, respect them for the sake of retaining the privilege of commenting here.