As per the request of the individual first mentioned in this blog post, all reference to him has been removed.
I have a few options, and I’m not sure what the best option is. They are:
1. Ask politely that readers refrain from personal attacks on one another and stick to discussing the actual subject of any given blog post. The downside is that there is little chance that this request will be fully honored, leading to the same situation recurring.
2. Switch to an approved comments system in which comments must be manually approved by me before they appear on the blog. The downside of that is that I would have to spend several hours a day working on comments, which is more than I can afford to devote to them. It’s not like I get paid to read the comments.
3. Switch from the native Weebly comments system to their new Disqus option for better comments control. The downside is that switching will delete all previous comments on every thread going back four years. The only way around that is to start a new blog for future posts, but this will damage my Google rankings as well as make it hard for people to link back to my blog.
4. Turn off comments entirely.
So, for now, here is what is happening. To prevent this situation from recurring, I have posted a lengthy set of terms and conditions which supersede the stopgap blog comments policy I tried out in January. All readers are hereby notified that posting a comment on the JasonColavito.com Blog constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions. Here are the relevant terms and conditions for posting on the blog:
This blog operates under the general rules of respectful civil discourse. If you choose to comment on any blog post, you take full responsibility for everything that you post. Jason Colavito does not control the content posted, nor does he verify the identities of those posting. Nevertheless, Jason Colavito or any designee he may appoint may monitor any user-generated content as he so chooses, and Jason Colavito or his designee reserves the right to edit or remove any content for any reason whatsoever, without notification or consent. Links to sites considered spam or postings advertising products or services may also be removed without notice or consent. Jason Colavito further reserves the right, at his sole discretion, to deny posting privileges and remove any and all posts by a user.
At his discretion, Jason Colavito or his designee will remove comments containing abusive, offensive, vulgar, racist, threatening or harassing comments, or personal attacks of any kind.
At his discretion, Jason Colavito or his designee will remove comments containing personal information such as home addresses, phone numbers, personal email addresses, etc. of you or any other individual.
Jason Colavito or his designee will remove spam, off-topic comments, or comments that advertise a product or service or constitute political campaigning or lobbying whether in the United States or anywhere else.
Jason Colavito adheres to the notice and takedown procedure for complaints of copyright violation under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Post only content for which you own the rights.
Choosing to post a comment on the JasonColavito.com Blog constitutes an agreement that you understand and will abide by this comments policy, and pursuant to 47 U.S. 230 and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws, agree to hold Jason Colavito harmless and indemnify him against any claims, suits, loss, damages and actions, except where prohibited by law, resulting from posts you yourself have made or which other users of the blog comments function have made.