I’d like to say a few things to all the commentators, many of whom are in large measure responsible for the success of this blog.
First and foremost, my apologies for the lack of attention I’m able to give at times to monitoring both the tone and content of discussions. When the blog was first fashioned, all comments were held in a bin awaiting moderation and approval before posting. But as the blog grew so exponentially, and as the comments made on the articles grew to be such an important asset, I was constantly deluged with mail from folks wanting to know when they’d finally see their comments posted. Given the apparent outstanding character of the vast majority of contributors, and also given the fact that a “core group” of commentators was making such rich, regular contributions, I authorized a removal of the moderation requirement some time ago, which, for many moons, proved both a wise decision and a boon to the blog and its followers. Not the least of these reasons was the fact that only very rarely did comments appear that were troublesome in content or reflected a possible problematic agenda of the commentator. And there have been only a handful of occasions in which I had to reconsider possibly reinstating the prohibition on comments posting immediately.
Second, my apologies for the length of time it’s taken me lately to both attend to and determine an appropriate resolve to problems some of you have been so thoughtful as to contact me directly about, especially the problems that developed over the past several weeks.
It will take me some time to figure out exactly what needs to be done to better ensure the character of the blog remains stellar. For several reasons, it’s not feasible to turn over monitoring authority to a full time outside agent as some of you have suggested. And it would be equally problematic to go back to subjecting every comment to review and approval before allowing it to post. The only real solution is better and more frequent monitoring by me and because there are only reasons but not excuses for why this has been so difficult for me of late, I’m really going to have to be thoughtful about how to accomplish it, so I beg your indulgence. I’m also open to any suggestions.
I also pray that the longstanding “core” of the discussion group not only find it within their hearts to bear with me as I sort through this matter and to keep in the forefront of their minds the ultimate purpose and benefit of the blog, all of its rich content (which for a long time has been comprised of highly informative and helpful comments that have done more than merely supplement the articles), and the impact this enterprise has had and hopefully will continue to have on the many persons out their who both need and value the resource.
I am deeply indebted to all of you who make this whole enterprise work so well. And again, my sincerest apologies. I will be meeting with advisers and considering a variety of options to improve safeguards. And as I mentioned earlier, I welcome all comments and suggestions.