Recent events, summarized by Tim O'Reilly here, have prompted me to spell out a policy for comments on this blog. I encourage people to write critically about our community, industry, and media, but I reserve the right to remove pointless flamebait or personal attacks as well as spam. If an email address accompanies extremely poor commentary, I'll contact the author personally about making sensible edits or retractions. If not, I'll simply delete it. Fair enough?
Update: changed the wording a bit so as not to point at anyone. The comments I get here provide much, if not all, of my blog's value. I won't delete non-spam comments lightly, but I have no obligation to give jerks a voice here.