There is a saying: “I felt sorry because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no legs.” I had some problems with one commenter’s frequent postings sort of drowning out the discussion, but that seems rather minor since a new major troll has appeared.
Visitors here can only keep up with what’s happening in the area of comments by reading from the Recent Comments sidebar, or scanning each article. That’s fine as long as there are only a few occasional comments. When anyone (myself included) goes on a commenting binge, that forces other folks’ off the Frequent Comments list.
Another issue is that the interface I use to comment allows me to comment deeper than the nested level limit (and not tell me that I’m doing it) and the result is that some of my comments cannot be seen.
I’m looking for a general solution to the comment problems, but in the mean time, I have “moderated” AXJ. Their off topic comments will be deleted, and a few on topic comments (ones that seem at least responsive and have a grain of thought attached) will be approved. [There are also spam filters that occasionally moderate messages based on certain content; the word “poker” to block gambling spam is one of them.] I have also added a “quote” link for commenting that will make it simpler for you to quote what you’re commenting on. I’ll try to comment less.
One possibility would be to create an Obama Conspiracies forum, but I hesitate to do that since there already is an excellent forum for such discussions at Politijab.com. Folks who just want to read the comments are urged to use the RSS Feed.