Honestly, I do not know what is so hard about the concept of engaging in constructive discussion. For various reasons I’ve had to switch comment moderation back on. I don’t like putting comment moderation on as I find it slows down the flow of conversation, and I genuinely encourage free-flowing discourse; I don’t even mind if it veers wildly off topic from the original post as long as people are engaging in genuine constructive and interesting conversation.
I am hoping that comment moderation will only be on for a short period of time and allow people to reflect on what they hope to achieve in their comments. If they are interested in genuinely understanding and engagin with people and different thoughts, thats great and I hope to encourage that. If they wish to simply sling mud, make personal attacks and generally derail threads, no thankyou, and there are other sites were you can do that. Alternatively, its not exactly hard to set up a blog, although it can be hard to sustain it. Please, feel free to make your own site and do what you will on that. Its not hard, and no one can interfere with your actions whatever they are (well, within reason I guess).
I feel I need to underline that I am not intending to censor freedom of thought, political opinion or anything like that. There are many many people who strongly disagree with my politics and I have not, nor do I intend to, censor them. I much prefer to disagree with them and have a conversation with them in public. I hope they continue to post here.