As the site has grown in site and readership, responding to comments now takes too much time. Time better spent IMO on writing posts. The time available to run this site is fixed, and likely to shrink in 2009 (along with many other things).
Also, the Comment Policy will be more strongly enforced in order to reduce the time required to moderate discussions.
- Comments running beyond the maximum limit of 250 words will be truncated, not edited. A few words over is OK, but this has gotten out of control.
- Comments that violated the other terms of the comment policy will be deleted (snipped): incivil, grossly off-topic, illegal, or advocating illegal actions.