I have made some changes in my policy on comments. Previously, I have been rather hands-off in letting readers post whatever they wished. This has resulted in many posts that have abused my hospitality.
- As of today, off-topic posts will receive a warning to take the discussion to my Forums, where readers are free to discuss off-topic material. The Forums are publicly accessible and are the appropriate venue for material not directly related to the blog post. Any additional posts that are off-topic will be deleted without further notice.
- Additionally, any posts that are verbally abusive or involve name-calling or personal attacks will be deleted without notice. I have been too lenient in enforcing my policy on abusive posts, and I will be taking a firmer hand.
- I am also limiting posters to a single repetition of the same argument. I will issue a warning reminder if a discussion begins to become repetitive. Repeated spamming of the blog with repetitive posts that add nothing new to the discussion will result in deletion without notice.
I am not happy about having to take these steps, especially since the comment writers my readers complain about most frequently are all twice my age and should not need these remedial steps. Please note that since I work and also sleep on occasion, deletions may take up to twelve hours to occur. I am asking you nicely to please show good judgment and restraint in commenting and, when inappropriate comments do occur, please refrain from engaging.
I have sent emails to several regular posters here informing them of this policy change prior to posting it publicly here and requesting their cooperation in making the comments section of this blog a more pleasant reading experience for all. I hope that everyone will work together to help make this possible.