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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To WordPress by Susan Gunelius

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Comment Moderation Takes Too Much Time. Is It Really Necessary? (WordPress.org and WordPress.com)

The simple answer to this question is no. Comment moderation is not necessary. Remember, it’s your blog, and you can configure it to perform anyway you want. However, for the best user experience on your blog, it’s important to moderate comments.
 
Comment moderation is important to your blog’s readers because it …
• Removes spam comments that add nothing to the conversation.
• Removes comments that are ads or published for no reason other than to build incoming links to another site.
• Removes offensive comments.
• Removes comments that are hateful or attack a person or entity.
The conversations that happen on your blog through the commenting ...

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