I'm sorry to say that comments were unrestricted for an hour but I had to bring the moderation mode back almost immediately. Two users posted insults regarding commentators within the hour that comments were unrestricted.
I really don't have much hope that this blog will be unmoderated any time soon. It's disappointing, but I do want to make sure when you read comments here that you are not offended.
I love to read comments as they give me insight into what people are thinking and they even help me with other projects a startling percentage of the time. Yes, comment moderation is a hassle on any street, and I would rather read comments when I have time to, not merely for the sake of approving or disapproving them. But I'm not going to let the blog be hijacked by a couple of people who like to flirt with hate speech and who like to dis other commentators.
It doesn't make me happy to spend time moderating comments, and it sure doesn't help your cause when I have to reject something. I don't like being obliged to moderate comments because of two damn people, but it's part of maintaining a blog and making it worthwhile, and I'll try doing that as best I can.
So forgive the moderation setting. Please leave whatever comments you're inclined to leave; but if you want them published, don't use hate speech, don't mock other commentators, and don't go near racial slurs.