I’ve changed the settings on the blog so that comments are no longer moderated. The spam-filter WordPress provides seems to work very well. Also, I have yet to reject a single comment made on this blog. Everyone has been respectful, articulate, and on-point. So I don’t see any reason to discourage discussion by moderating.
Obviously, if any of this changes, I will have to go back to moderation of some kind. In the meantime, if you feel like leaving a comment on future posts (or past ones), please do.
Also, I’ve changed it so that “nested” replies can go up to 5 comments deep. Beyond that, you will have to start a new thread within the comment page.
Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to comment on this blog so far. It is very helpful and interesting for me.