One of my goals at Wizbang is to be open to readers and commenters of all political, religious, ethnic, etc. persuasions. The increase in readership has lead to an increase in participation, which overall is a good thing.
Consider the Wizbang comment community just like any other virtual group or forum. Those who have proven track records are afforded more latitude and leeway than newbies. In the year and a half since this site started there have been over 25,000 comments, and the number of people banned can be counted on one hand. The few that have been banned typically start off with heated personal attacks directed at me and then quickly devolve into other trollish behavior. When possible I try to warn them of their path toward the killfile, but some never get the message.
The reason I bring this up is that lately some new readers think that merely by showing up and commenting they deserve the full latitude afforded to those (regardless of their politics) with a history of comments at Wizbang. I’m sorry but it just doesn’t work that way, not here, not anywhere. You earn your stripes in the comment section by establishing a reputation over time. You don’t, as a complete stranger, barge in the door demanding things or flame-baiting.