Up until now I've had something close to a completely unregulated comments policy. This has been partially deliberate, as I've wanted to get as far away as possible from the social structure of the law school classroom, in which one person gets to be the toadied-to authority figure and everyone else gets to be his supplicants (Yes, I know, your classroom isn't like that. Noted.)
This approach, like any other, has its benefits and costs, and now I'm going to modify it a bit. I'm going to start deleting comments more aggressively, to the extent they fall into the following categories:
(1) Idiotic shouting matches between commenters obsessed with each other. Just cut it out. If you want to criticize another commenter's point of view on a substantive topic, that's great. This does not, however, include criticizing the commenter's purported mental health, overall posting tendencies, whether this person is ruining the comments etc etc
(2) Speaking of Rule (1), don't threadjack by posting a bunch of comments about your favorite subject in every single thread. All of us have such subjects, but use some discretion about how often and when you raise a point you've made many times before in many threads. Try to stay at least loosely on topic, broadly defined.
(3) Comments about whether Rules (1) and/or (2) are being violated are prohibited.
(4) No sock puppets. That means you Prof. X.
The comments on this blog (there have been more than 10,000 in the five months of its existence) have been on the whole very valuable. I've learned a lot from them, as I'm sure others have as well. They've contributed a kind of crowd-sourcing knowledge to the blog's main topics, which is one of the best things about the internet. I much appreciate everyone's contributions, despite the various annoyances that a largely unmoderated forum will sometimes create. Thanks for taking part, and thanks in advance for your cooperation with this attempt at a slightly increased level of regulation.