A fellow blogger has been receiving comments from those who don't know the difference between the right to speak and the right to bully. As I'll hate to see this little personal blog turn into a mud wrestling field, I do moderate comments. Luckily I seldom get nasty comments from my readers and I have deleted comments from no more than 2 individuals. The first of whom was too keen to find out who I am, comments deleted; the other had the tendency to post some nasty remarks about another reader of mine, comments deleted. When I delete a comment, I ignore it completely. No rebuttal; no reply. It always works. People disappear after being ignored a few times. It's probably not very polite of me to completely ignore a comment but, hey, not all comments deserve a reply, do they? And, more importantly, I consider it rude and unfair to the one whose comment gets deleted if I comment on his/her comment after exercising my right to delete it. So, as a rule, I don't mention deleted comments. They just silently disappear.
I love the delete key.