I currently have an open comments policy, meaning anyone can leave a comment saying anything at any time. Nothing’s moderated–your comment goes up straight away. I don’t even require a name or email; some folks want to roll incognito, and I’m fine with that.
This is my fourth blogging venture and I have always prided myself in maintaining an open, anything-goes forum. I have deleted very few comments over the years and only banned one guy ever. I have a pretty thick skin and don’t mind a bit of abuse, but just don’t be a vindictive dick. I’m not calling for some Pollyanna-esque page where only ‘nice’ comments reign, but I can only put up with so much nastiness, so try to at least be civil… ish.