I noticed that in my absence this rather short and recent post engendered quite the heated and verbose discussion in the comments section, proving that the number of comments isn’t proportional to the length of the post.
I consider the comments section here to be an extremely important part of the blog, and I encourage and enjoy a lively back-and-forth exchange there, even if I don’t always get around to reading everything. I don’t even mind a certain amount of verbosity, since it would be fair to accuse me of giving in to that tendency now and then. But a warning: if you are going to quote from an article or other online source, please limit your cut-and-paste quotes to a couple of paragraphs max, and provide the link for the rest (or just provide the link). Anything more is spamming, and could earn you a banning.
Also, when people submit a long comment that is their own work rather than a cut-and-paste job, it’s okay to break it up into a couple of sections and to post them rapidly, because I know there’s a word limit on comments here, although it’s a fairly generous one. But to post a whole bunch of comments in rapid succession can sometimes be spamming, depending on the tone of the message and the number of successive comments involved. There are no hard and fast rules about this, and it’s really up to me to judge when the comments are over the lne.
I have a fairly liberal (pun intended) policy on comments here, but I will use my discretion to ban people who post any comment or comments I consider to be spam, abusive, obscene, or otherwise offensive. This is particularly true if the comment in question lacks other substance.