Sunday, August 30, 2009

A comment about comments

Comments weren’t ever even moderated here until recently. A handful of them got axed after the fact, but that was it. Recently, however, some of the comment threads have turned into school yard taunts, with commenters choosing sides. Several comments on both “sides” have been rejected.

Comment moderation is an art, not a science, although efforts have been made to be even handed.

Especially annoying are the comments that are entirely non-germane to the post in question, referring to matters entirely collateral, and particularly if they are, on top of it, ad hominem.

In short, I am tired of the piss ant games. I’ve tried to give people some leeway to say what was on their minds, but it’s becoming an insult bulletin board. Enough.

So from now on, think of the Cucking Stool as a neighborhood bar. You know the sign on the door that says, “We have the right to refuse to serve anyone”?  That’s the Cucking Stool. Try to bust the place up a few times, and you might even get banned.

Don’t like it? Start your own blog. Buy a newspaper: you can probably get the Strib  or the PiPress pretty cheap.

If your comment does not get posted, do not write another comment to complain about it; it’s headed for the same place. You can send Spot an email if you want; you might even get a reply.

In the words of Yul Brynner, So let it be written; so let it be done.

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