About Comments

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in comments that has forced me to disallow several submitted comments over the past few weeks. There is no need to be insulting or rude if you do not like what someone else says. This is not a chat room or a message board where posters engage in insult wars. I don’t mind criticism or disagreement, but I ask that you be polite. Before you post something, ask yourself if any statements that you make are irrelevant to the discussion. Phrases like, “I normally like what you have to say, but X is ridiculous”, “you make me laugh”, or “you’re an idiot” add nothing to the discussion except to insult me or other commenters. They should be excluded. I could respond, but I don’t really care to get involved with discussions with such people. I just remove such comments in order to keep things civil. If you don’t like this, feel free to start your own blog and rant about me all day long. I don’t care.

3 Responses “About Comments”

  1. tangotiger says:

    On the top of my blog, I post the following, which I got from USSM. I think this is about as a great a way to show what a blog is all about:

    “Think of this place as something like a college classroom. We’re in charge, we pick the topics, we set the rules, and we try to foster as much intelligent discourse as possible. If this isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other sites out there for you to try—we’re not going to be for everybody, and we’re not going to try to appeal to the masses.” —USSM

  2. Russell says:

    That’s one of the reasons I enjoy reading your blog and the comments. Thank you for keeping the conversation on the post and off of the poster.

  3. Dave Rouleau says:

    Thank you for getting this out of the way, this is no place for the type of comments you are describing. let’s put this site above the normal standard found on most blog.