This post is to inform readers of my blog of changes in policy regarding comments posted on my blog. I have received an unusual number of complaints from readers, including many who do not participate in the comments regularly or at all, complaining about the increasing barrage of comments that are off topic, verbally abusive, and repetitive. These readers inform me that such comments are negatively impacting their ability to read and enjoy the blog and the ensuing conversation. I take such complaints seriously, and I am therefore compelled to intervene.
As a result, I request that everyone who chooses to comment please exercise good judgment in making sure your posts remain focused, on topic, and are limited to a single repetition of the same argument.
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.
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.
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