I wrote my original comment policy shortly after my blog was mentioned in a front page article in the New York Times. Back then, the main comment problem was people accusing me of being racist for blogging the truth about racial differences in intelligence.
Commenters who deny the truth of HBD are still a problem, but today the biggest comment problem I face are anti-Semitic comments. There is a group of people with an internet presence who believe that there is a vast and secret conspiracy of Jews who have perpetrated the following crimes: (1) fake the Holocaust for the purpose of creating sympathy for Jews; (2) control the Federal Reserve Bank for the purpose of empowering Jews; (3) control U.S. foreign policy for the purpose of propping up Israel. Anti-Semites believe that the disproportionate economic success of Jews is because of the Jewish conspiracy. (In reality, it’s because the average Ashkenazi Jew has a substantially higher IQ than the average gentile white. Paleo-conservative whites complaining about the Jews keeping them down are similar to blacks complaining about the whites keeping them down.) Anti-Semites hate the state of Israel and one of their greatest dreams is for the Muslims to destroy it—I suppose they see this as some sort of revenge against the Jews for all of the alleged evils they’ve perpetrated against gentile whites.
Although I seldom write posts about the Jews or Israel, no matter what I do write about, these people will post some off-topic comment bringing up the Jews. If I didn’t delete anti-Semitic comments, the blog would simply deteriorate into an extension of Stormfront. Most anti-Semitic commenters are smart enough to realize that if they simply came out and said “the Jews are controlling everything, so they must all be killed,” it would be too obviously anti-Semitic, so they attempt to hide what they really mean by being a lot more subtle than that. Picking out the anti-Semitic comment from the innocent one is not possible to do with 100% accuracy. For example, it’s possible for someone who’s not anti-Semitic to be critical of Israel, but most criticism of Israel which comes from paleo-conservatives is definitely tinged with anti-Semitism. From their perspective, anything they can say which weakens support for Israel leads them closer to their dream of seeing Israel destroyed.
With that introduction finished, here’s a list of the type of comments which are likely to be deleted:
1. Anti-Semitic comments.
2. Comments which deny the truth of HBD. I’ve already responded to most comments here. If after reading that post, and also reading the freely available paper by Arthur Jensen and J. Philippe Rushton, you think you have some new angle, then send me a private email and I’ll consider blogging about it.
3. Mean-spirited comments. I don’t like to use the term "racist" because of its imprecise meaning—people think I’m a racist for merely blogging about the truth. But mean-spirited comments only make the HBD blogging community look bad, as well as being unnecessarily mean.
4. Personal attacks against me and other commenters. For example, a commenter accused me of writing about a certain topic because, he said, I have a “small penis.” I deleted that comment. Also note that it’s a personal attack to say or insinuate that someone is racist for being interested in HBD topics.
5. Threats of physical violence.
6. Comments which annoy me because they are repetitious, off-topic, and argumentative.