If you are one of those readers who only looks at posts, you are missing out on half the value of Naked Capitalism, since we have a lively and (for the most part) civil and intelligent group of commentators.
Having said that, I try to be as non-interventionist as possible, but as I have also indicated, certain behaviors are not acceptable (see Barry Ritholtz’s policies on comments; I consider them to be web standard and hew to them, but I am no where near as aggressive an enforcer as Barry is).
Some readers may have notice of late that sometimes comments go into moderation. Two things lead to that. One is there are certain triggers; regular commentors who are in perfectly good standing may accidentally run afoul of them. Those get approved if there is nothing amiss about the substance of the comment, although your remark may sit in limbo if you happen to weigh in when I am off the grid.
A second type of comment that will go into limbo if if the writer has adopted that ineffable quality known as ‘tude. I’ve gotten good at catching people with ‘tude (as in the sort of remark that signals a persistent posture, as opposed to a mere display of snark, which can be used to good effect if not overdone). They tend to make comments with limited to no value added and have a greatly exaggerated sense of self importance.
Now a lot of people make less than stellar comments now and again; nothing wrong with that, we all have our better and worse days. But people with ‘tude want to be noticed or win at all costs more than engage in a discussion or try to persuade others. For instance, typical ‘tude practices are to copy pretty much the same comment multiple place in a thread, or engage in broken record (basically repeating the same argument, not giving substantive responses to rebuttals) or make only ad hominem attacks even after they are told what they are and encouraged to refrain. And putting in phony e-mail addresses does not predispose me in your favor if you look like a borderline case.
So I’ll put someone in moderation if I suspect they have ‘tude, because I have seen that ‘tude sucks the air supply out of a thread. And nine times out of ten, the person tagged for that reason continues to exhibit the same behaviors that led him to be removed from the conversation in the first place.