Some of the worst vitriol around Brexit now seems to have abated, so I am going to experiment with opening comments again. However, there is going to be a rigorous moderation policy, operated by me and at my sole discretion. The basic principle is that this is my space, and those entering it do so according to my rules.
All threats, insults, or even snide comments directed at me or at other commenters are liable to be deleted and the poster permanently blocked. That applies regardless of whether the comment is pro-Brexit or anti-Brexit.
Anything that looks even remotely like “sealioning” will be deleted and the poster permanently blocked. What I mean by sealioning is described by Wikipedia:
Sealioning is a type of trolling or harassment that consists of pursuing people with relentless requests for evidence, often tangential or previously addressed, while maintaining a pretense of civility and sincerity ("I'm just trying to have a debate"), and feigning ignorance of the subject matter. It may take the form of "incessant, bad-faith invitations to engage in debate"
If you are blocked for sealioning, it doesn’t mean you have ‘won the debate’. It means you have disqualified yourself from debate by your conduct.
In this experimental period, comments will not be pre-moderated.
I hope that this new policy will foster interesting and useful discussion, but if not then I will revert to a ‘no comments’ policy.