We've had problems in the past with unruly visitors from the Linux Haters Blog and Something Awful. Recently, we had a few more of this type trying to disrupt the site with inappropriate and argumentative comments.
I tend to be very tolerant, but these people push it way too hard. Because of them, I'm forced to implement a partially moderated comment system.
Here's how it works: if you are unknown to me (or haven't commented in some time) or post anonymously, your comment will not appear until I approve it. That could be a matter of minutes, but it could also be delayed for a full day.
If you are known to me, and at least the first two octets of your ip match an ip we have seen with your name before, you will be automatically approved. This should let honest comments flow quickly without the need for approval but still require moderation for the rest.
I think this will work well. It shouldn't be onerous for the regulars, but it should prevent ugliness such as we had in the past few days.
I'm sorry for the need to do this, but I suppose it goes with the territory. If those jackasses saw us as unimportant, they wouldn't waste their time, right? So, in a perverse way, it's a sign of success.
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FORTRAN's tragic fate has been its wide acceptance, mentally chaining thousands and thousands of programmers to our past mistakes. (Edsger W. Dijkstra)