Comment moderation is back on. I dragged my feet in making this decision with high hopes that it wouldn't be necessary, that the snarkiness and flaming would die out, but obviously it hasn't.
Name calling, personal attacks or insinuations, flaming, conspiracy theories, etc., will be deleted, as will attacks by people who sign their names on those who remain anonymous. Even if you write the most brilliant essay on why a play does or doesn't work, but begin by attacking a prior commenter, that beautiful post will be deleted. Anonymous posting is still allowed; I can hardly disallow that (nor do I want to) given that followspot itself is a handle, and anonymous critics have existed since time eternal. As always, open, honest, constructive discussion, passionate debate, humor and silliness will be allowed (see Richard II or Assassins).
When and why the posting became so ugly is beyond me. So let me just say: The impetus behind this blog is a love of and fascination with theatre. For good or bad, theatre is a community; we're all in this together.