Probably a restatement of principle, in fact. I'm sure I must have said this somewhere before, but not recently, and perhaps only in the 'comments'.
I have recently found myself being hounded (particularly pointlessly, since the post in question is two months old, and never had much of a discussion thread going on it anyway) by an obnoxious 'fenqing' type, and I have - regretfully - started to "harmonise" him (i.e. to delete his comments). I have very, very seldom resorted to such censorship before (I can't remember the last time...), and I really don't like to do it; but sometimes I feel it is inescapable.
For the benefit of this particular flan-thrower - and any other fenqing out there; and, indeed, any potential commenters at all (I would like to encourage more rather than less commenting on here!), let me make it perfectly clear why I have done this.
I am quite open to - indeed, I welcome - criticism and disagreement. I am pretty tolerant about the use of profanity (although I am wary about offending - and thereby discouraging the comment-thread participation of - others who are more sensitive than me on such matters). I am even prepared to tolerate a certain amount of personal abuse (not much, but some; the main problem with personal abuse in blog comments, it seems to me, is that it tends to displace everything else).
The thing I do insist on, however, is relevance. If you're not making a point that has a bearing on the topic of the post, then I am likely to delete it.
My only other requirement is coherence. If you're just writing unintelligible gibberish, then I will delete those comments.
If you have something worthwhile to say, and can say it clearly, and it has some bearing on the topic in hand - then you are always most welcome to say it here, and will not be censored by me (no matter how much I may disagree with it, or how hostile your attitude toward me is).
[It may also be worth reminding folks of the little Manifesto I penned 4 or 5 months ago, when I first started getting 'famous' - or infamous.]