Although I'm sure my Cowardly Anon Nitwit does not wear a suit and tie
As of this moment I have published 44,842 comments spread out over 3,417 published posts over the past (almost) eight years. I'm guessing that represents about a 99% publish rate even though I would also guess I disagreed with over 50% of those published.
The 1% I did not publish were beyond nasty, potentially libelous, or threatening to my family.
The first three years of operation I did not "moderate" comments so anyone could publish anything at anytime. I could of course delete them if needed and can only remember maybe one or two times doing that.
But I can tell you I would lose sleep worrying someone would publish something wildly inappropriate moments after I went to bed, so the comment would stay up until the next morning.
When someone hits the publish button on a comment I instantly get an email at my main AOL account showing the comment, and from within that email I can either publish, delete, or mark it as spam (which sends it to a folder for posterity sake).
So it takes only seconds per comment. Yes I do (sort of) try to read comments -- unless I'm driving -- to make sure they are not libelous or threatening, but do so v-e-r-y quickly.
I would like to think my readers come here for the main articles but I will also admit the ones that attract the highest page views are also the ones that generate the most comments. So I'm sure people do come back just to read or make follow up comments, thus increasing overall page views.
Trolls are the bane of any Internet community. The best way to deal with them is to simply ignore them and hope they go away.
Like this guy:
Now I will go back to ignoring him. Well, after the 2 or 3 seconds it takes to dispose of each comment