My view on comments is that anything goes. When I first started here, the comments didn’t require approval. I had to change that because a few people were posting personal information ( although legal and within the TOS of this site I don’t feel comfortable allowing personal information to be posted and I remove it when asked if it somehow slips by me) and some of the comments violated the TOS of WordPress.
Even though I have to manually approve comments, I’ve taken a hands off approach. I’ve trashed only 5 comments in two years. Some were spam and some contained personal information. I’ll continue to have a liberal comment policy, but when things start to get more tired and vapid than usual, I’m going stop approving comments.
For example, the Taz41/Samara rants have now ended. They were entertaining simply because they illustrated how some members of these boards conduct themselves. But, now they’ve grown repetitive and boring. I don’t want to take the time to skim them for personal information so I’m gong to trash any further comments in this flame war.