Just a reminder...posters who post totally anonymously have absolutely no rights, okay? That means if you post under a fake name with a fake email (the first is hard to detect, unless it's like "Anonymous" or George Washington" - although I suppose there are plenty of the latter actually running around - but the latter is very easy to detect.), you had best watch what you post. If it's mean, snarky, personal towards anyone, implies anything. it will probably be gone soon, as well as any comments that respond to it. So that means:
1) Have the courage of people who actually use their real names and real emails. They're role models for you, you see.
2) Those who are tempted to respond to a "troll" - don't. Your efforts will be wasted because I will probably delete them.
3) I can trace IP's - the Typepad software allows the blog owner to "find all comments from this IP" for example - and that has often yielded fascinating results - in the cases, for example, when something exeptionally obnoxious is posted and I find it's been posted by someone who's a regular. Usually a mildly hostile regular, who I guess just can't take it any more. Busted.
I tend to shut down threads that turn into arguments between 2 people. I am also going to shut down discussion threads that start reaching 150 or so. There is definitely a sense of diminishing returns in those threads. The exceptions would be threads in which I ask you to relate an experience or something. Those threads can be long, long, long.
As I said, apropos of nothing, but just a reminder for anyone new!