People have been emailing over the last few weeks about DeSmogBlog’s comment section.
Most are wondering why their comments are not posting even if they’re registered as a user. A few, from people I am sure you can guess, are accusing us of censorship, and a few more (sure you can guess those too) are saying its indicative of a drop in visitors.
Of course, the conspiracy theorists in the latter two categories are wrong as they usually are.
The truth of the matter is that the comment sections on DeSmog were turning into useless flame wars that did little to advance the dialogue we want to have here on the site. So, for the time being comments will remain tightly moderated and we will turn them back on to allow registered users to post directly to the site after an adequate cool down period.
We are also developing new functions that will hopefully help the community self-moderate the comments.
So stay tuned.