[iPhone: how I got this morning's big story online]
Regarding my plans to get more picky about which comments to publish, a reader says: "Your acting as a gatekeeper doesn't paint a true picture of what's on your readers' minds. You should allow instant posting of comments and reserve the right to remove any post that really is offensive. Besides, right now, your access to the Internet is standing in the way of the free flow of information that has been such a delicious meal over the past several weeks."
In fact, I tried letting readers post comments themselves more than two months ago, with me weeding out any bad ones after the fact. But within a week, I found several doozies that should never have appeared. I was embarrassed, immediately took them down, and reverted to the system now in place.
As traffic grows, more readers are coming from outside editorial, so aren't overly familiar with libel law. That's partly why I'm getting more aggressive about patrolling comments: I don't want to get sued.
Also, to clarify: I do have Web access on Ibiza, via my iPhone and one of AT&T's international data plans. It's pricey, and limited: $60 a month for a data serving equal to about 20% of my average monthly use in the states. Once I get my aircard, I'll resume my San Francisco routine: Writing and editing posts on my laptop in the morning, then relying on my iPhone the rest of the day for upkeep. The phone pings when I get e-mail, containing the text of a comment just left by a reader. The e-mail includes links so I can publish a comment with just one mouse click; it appears a second or so later on the blog.
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