Following yesterday's events I have been pre-moderating all comments. I have had several emails from people suggesting that if I am doing that, I might as well re-allow anonymous comments. A few weeks ago I did a poll of readers which showed that by a 53-40 margin you wanted to see that facility restored. I decided that this was not a big enough margin to do it, as the current system seemed to be working well. However, I do think that if I am pre-moderating there is more of a case for it.
I should make clear that this is not an invitation to unleash the dogs of war. If at any time I feel it is getting too shouty or it becomes uncontrollable, I won't hesitate to restore the current system. And if I ever feel able to switch off comment moderation again, the old system will be restored, I imagine.
Just to be clear, any comment submitted anonymously may be deleted before publication without explanation.
And thanks to all of those of you who have sent me private messages over the last 24 hours. It means a lot.
UPDATE: Can I make a plea? Can you at least try to give yourselves a pseudonym when you post - don't just call yourself 'Anonymous' as it makes a thread really difficult to follow.