I have not yet written a comment policy, but as the Komen post draws the trolls out of their caves, I should point out that unless your comment is either benign or adds something to the conversation, it won’t get posted.
If a comment is painfully stupid, insulting, and devoid of content, the writer is added to the spam filter. I do not check the spam filter. I trust the spam filter to do its job, and it does it very well. That means someone may well type out some long ranting post, pointing out the precise nature of my idiocy and contemptiblity, that I shall never see. I will somehow get over this loss.
You may also wind up in the spam filter if your tag contains a link to a spammy-looking site, or simply because of weird English, or bad links, or your brand of deodorant. Some of its decisions are mysterious and capricious, but it fills up with hundreds of posts each day, and I simply can’t comb through them all looking for the real ones that might get sucked into its gaping maw.
Insults alone are not enough to get a comment spam-killed. I can trade insults with readers all day long if they’re interesting enough. However, insults + nothing to say = Welcome to Spamland.
I am not here to reassure trolls of their okayness, and this space is not here for them to post long screeds about whatever. If they want to do that, they can start their own blog. It’s free!
Random bleats like “Patheos? More Like Pathetic!” or “The God you believe in doesn’t exist” [Yes, both of those are real.] head straight for spamland, and the writers shall never darken my eyeballs again. I’m really not interested in people writing on my site as though they’re writing on a bathroom wall.
If you are a smart, concise, nicely-groomed regular commentator, be assured that I read everything and appreciate the input, even though I don’t reply to each post unless I have something useful to add.