One of the things I have tried my best to do is to keep CSPT a completely free-speech zone. The last thing I ever want to do is ban a non-spam commenter. (Spammers are fair game, of course.)
But we have one frequent commenter here who is bombarding the site with spam, specifically 9/11 Truther spam. I’m getting e-mail from other commenters, on both sides of the political chasm, telling me that this spam is degrading the site, and I’ve reached the point at which I agree.
Translation: long comments which are obviously re-hashed lists in which scientists, former government officials, and nutjobs who are telling us that the World Trade Center towers couldn’t have collapsed just because they got hit by airliners loaded with jet fuel are not new compositions, but spam. I’ve got a thick enough skin that I usually ignore them, but when there’s no audience for such comments, and the poster knows that there’s no audience for such, it’s spam. And when it starts to degrade the entire site and push readers away, the time comes to do something about it.
So, I’m asking you, blu, to cease and desist with the 9/11 Truther spam unless the main article thread actually concerns the September 11th attacks. I’m not banning you, and appreciate your comments when they are actually on topic.
I really regret having to write this in the first place.