A form of comment moderation has been turned on. This is an experiment. If your comment is held in moderation don’t take it personally. Just be patient. I’ll be checking the moderation tank frequently.


  1. #1 Stephanie Z
    December 20, 2009

    Tired of dealing with flaming goats?

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    December 20, 2009

    Mabus is not as annoying as he would like to think he is. Although, it is a little annoying when he sends me an email telling me that he intends to kill me. (For those who don’t know, Mabus is a famously obnoxious anti-atheist, one of many. What is REALLY annoying is that he is committing a hat crime when he threatens our lives but I’m not sure if that would go very far with the authorities).

    The problem is that for reasons that are not entirely clear, the number of readers of this blog has doubled over the last few months (so not there are nearly 20 regular readers!) and more recently the percentage of very annoying commenters has gone way up. The whole idea of letting almost anyone say almost whatever has to be balanced against people who would make it uncomforatable for others.

    In addition, for reasons I don’t understand, the AGW denialists have mostly ignored me until now (though I’ve written much more in the past about global warming than recently) and they have a modus operendus that does not allow open commenting. My blog is not their fucking land of canan.

    So, the workload has tipped. It is, I think easier for me to “entrust” commenters who are regular commenters as they show up, and thus filter out the riffraff.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    December 20, 2009

    I quickly add that this is VERY experimental. If I don’t like the technology, it will be turned off. That could happen any time.

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    December 20, 2009

    … And the technology is not impressing me so far.

  5. #5 dd
    December 21, 2009

    (This is an experiment, DON’T BAN ME BRO!)

    Nice try. But even I am moderated!

  6. #6 DD
    December 21, 2009

    HAHAHA! it works. dam smart detector too!

  7. #7 Kevin Sooley
    December 21, 2009

    I am going to explode you. To death.

  8. #8 WMDKitty
    December 21, 2009

    Do what you gotta do, man.

  9. #9 Charles Evo
    December 21, 2009

    What? Are you PZ, now? haha

  10. #10 Elipson
    December 21, 2009

    Why be PC when you can be PZ?!

    Alright, not all that funny 😉

  11. #11 llewelly
    December 21, 2009

    What is REALLY annoying is that he is committing a hat crime when he threatens our lives …

    You know, I knew a good hat was important to every field scientist, but I didn’t know it was that important …

  12. #12 The Science Pundit
    December 21, 2009

    Very well then, I vote yes on cloture to begin experimentation with the new system.

  13. #13 Greg Laden
    December 21, 2009

    Are you kidding? hats are VERY important!

  14. #14 daedalus2u
    December 21, 2009

    To me, this is like asking a question when I am not sure I will like the answer.

  15. #15 NewEnglandBob
    December 21, 2009

    A tip of the hat to Greg and to rational sanity.

  16. #16 momkat
    December 21, 2009

    When will all the hatting end! (seriously, I need a job…)

  17. #17 Art
    December 21, 2009


    I resemble that remark. Sure, PZ demands registration, enforced by jackbooted cyber thugs (who knew they made jackboots that fit tentacles) so now all the scibloggers do it.

  18. #18 lylebot
    December 22, 2009

    While on the topic of blog business, can I ask why almost every post has a “below the fold” these days? I am an extremely lazy person: I have all my blogs in my RSS reader and I don’t like to click things. And so I find myself reading fewer of your posts now.

    Although if your readership has doubled, perhaps I am once again the only one with a problem.