One thing I've always prided myself on this site is that I have completely open comments. I don't moderate them (never have) and don't intend to in the future. That said, I'd like to ask (not order or demand, just ask) that we try to not go on personal attacks and stick to passionate discussion of the issues. I've probably violated such a request myself; if not on my website, then surely on any number of other ones (I'm as passionate and PO'd as the next person). People are going to occasionally become passionate - and that's okay - I only ask that we try to make an effort. I like honest and frank discussions, even if it attracts people some of us may not like: it's my form of allowing people to openly contest "Ryan's Take."
One last thing... and this is just going out in general, for any website... generally aliases are there for a reason. Not everyone is willing to do what I've done on Ryan's Take - be completely open and honest about who I am, where I live, where I go to school, what my politics are and even post pictures. I'm loud, I'm proud and I'm going to speak my mind wherever and whenever I feel like it. However, there are consequences to that (future campaign fodder? lol) and it may not even be the best way to advocate for an issue online anyway, at least for some people. So, while I don't moderate my comments, I'd ask readers politely to give care when revealing aliases. If it's relevant to the comment, such as so-and-so wrote something under their real name that's important to the discussion they're weighing in on as an alias, that's one thing. However, revealing it just for the sake of revealing it seems kind of... well... meanspirited. After all, even if I disagree with that person, there are plenty of people I enjoy reading who are still anonymous - from Eeka to T-Rex. Anonymity on the internet has its plus and minuses, but it's sort of what makes the internet the internet.