As an experiment I have switched off the Comment Moderation on this blog. If anyone sees a comment which they think needs my attention please email me. I suspect I will be forced to switch it on again within about half an hour, but let's see.
The reason I am doing this is because I want to encourage more spontaneous debate. I can normally approve comments fairly quickly even if I am away from my laptop as I can now do it through my Blackberry, but block approving 30 or 40 comments does tend to stifle an immediate debate.
My policy on comments is quite simple. I do not delete comments unless they are gratuitously offensive or contain a serious of four letter words. I allow comments criticising me personally unless they are Anonymous, in which case they may well get deleted.
Please do not write essays. If you want to do so, please get your own blog.