Feminists blogs are famous for being eager to block, ban and moderate. I want to avoid the same. It just looks bad, like you can’t answer their arguments, or you can’t stand the heat.
If trolls appear, it seems pointless to ban them. Unlike real-life debate, online debate allows all the debaters time, and quiet comfortable space, where they can think and respond well. In real life, the ones who outscreech everyone else, can’t actually win. Adding capslock just looks silly. Insults make them look like a bully with nothing of value to add. And the reader can choose whose comments they wish to read, since they are not listening to two people screaming simultaneously. I want to let the reader decide, instead of deciding for them what has merit and what has not.
Also, trolls and other unpleasant types will often just reinforce my points.
So, while individual MRA/Manosphere bloggers can do whatever they want with their blogs, I don’t think they should ban and moderate for any of those reasons. I can understand removing sensitive information about someone, or material that can land the blogger in jail. But banning and moderating to make the blog more pleasant seems superfluous. Free sharing of ideas is best, and we all become better and wiser people when we listen to everything that’s on people’s minds. Last thing I want is to become dumber or to lose out on more wisdom because I chose to protect sensitivity of my feelings. And I wish the same for any readers I have. You know, sticks and stones might break our bones, but words will never hurt us. If the insults of trolls hurt you, you must learn not to be hurt by them.
To end, I will link to this video made by Thunderf00t. He makes some great points. For example, that blogs are not like your private property/house, it’s more like a public space where people come to share ideas. Thus, extensive use of moderation is like conducting your site like a church. It’s allowed, but it says something about you.