I spend a certain amount of time each day deleting comments. The ones I delete used to argue with the views being taken by the writers, but of late have taken another course. They make as if to agree with what is written but then add a twist, either being extremely anti-Jewish, homophobic or both.
These are predominantly what I delete, although there are others which are better got rid of than left. If they advertise a product or a service in a rather unsubtle manner – or another unrelated website, for example. I don’t delete opposing views as some allege, unless they are laced with swear words and are not an intelligent attempt to offer an alternative viewpoint.
The latest method employed to spoil the blog is a bit different. Presumably with the full cooperation of Google, ‘shill’ comments appear, as usual, under the blog posts in comments, but they don’t appear in the comments list, where I go to moderate. That means they don’t easily come to my attention and they get through to readers for longer. I apologise for this, and will try to work out other means of dealing with them.
I can delete them in comments, but have to find them first. It leaves a ‘deleted by editor’ marker when they are deleted in this manner, whereas deletion from the moderation list leaves no trace.
The shills never give up.
WASP often goes back over old posts on the blog, when he is writing new stuff, and links back. He often finds links disconnected, and there is clearly an effort being made to stop people finding out what they otherwise would find out.
We won’t be giving up after seven years. In fact more good material arrives each day, as new blog post writers appear. Many older ones eventually move on, often under threat. They send an email telling me they are being threatened. The most extreme example was Gordon Logan, who described events where he narrowly missed being taken out in a road ‘accident’. As a former intelligence services agent, he has a ‘handler’ who has no doubt requested he stop writing.
I am sure opposition to this blog and others won’t be giving up any time soon.