Sunday, December 24, 2017

Managing My Borders



The comments section has been a chore to manage lately.

As you know, I moderate comments.  What this means is that I see the comment before allowing it to be posted on the site.  Why do I do this?  My simplest answer: I don’t want this comments section to turn into the comments section at ZeroHedge – a competition of vulgarity, fallacious ad hominens and abuses of all sorts. 

Before I get into some detail, let me offer those of you who are not familiar with the google blogger back office some insight.  As mentioned, I see the comments before they are published.  But this isn’t completely accurate; I can see only a couple hundred characters of the comment before deciding if it will be displayed.  Sometimes this is enough.  Often I have to publish the comment in order to read it all, after which I might decide to delete it.

Lately I have had to delete more comments than I have had to delete probably in total since I started this blog; I have stopped posting any comments from two or three individuals (I think one of these came back as anonymous, as the style and critique were similar). 

This could be because I am getting tired of the repetition; it could be because I am getting tired of being ignored; it could be because I consider that those who use profanity outside of meaningful context to be illiterate and not worth my time.

I have been called a phony; I have had an offer for a sexual liaison, in the vulgar way you could imagine (and without a picture of the one making the offer, I could not consider the possibility); questions asked several times by me or others have been repeatedly ignored; I am accused of ignoring opinions contrary to mine – despite even having dozens of new blog posts dedicated to a single feedback with which I take exception.

All of this in the last week or two.  Perhaps I am touching on some nerves.

I appreciate and enjoy the dialogue at this site.  I appreciate views that I had not considered and also contrary views.  I find these worthwhile only if supported with logic and reason; I find these worthwhile only if the feedbacker properly engages in actual dialogue.

These are my borders and I intend to manage these such that my appreciation and enjoyment of the dialogue continues. 

For those who don’t like this, good riddance. 

For the rest of you, Merry Christmas.

19 comments:

  1. Just insult Luther one more time and I'll never come back! :)

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    1. I am done with that book but have started reading another by Hilaire Belloc, "The Great Heresies." Pretty safe bet that Luther is in there somewhere!

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    2. I'm letting your blogs on the Reformation digest in power and middle layers of my gray matter, but plan on eventually offering a cogent response. My bird's eye view of the ideas is not intellectually satisfying.

      But all the borders thing is distracting attention and tim for now. It's confusing to most but I think there's a couple pieces missing that could provide a coup degree for the open-minded.

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    3. Maybe it's no consolation to BM, but some Protestant works-religion denominations have a few problems with Luther.

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  2. Merry Christmas. Wish you happiness on this day.

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  3. Sorry to hear about your required extra efforts.
    Keep an eye on your rambunctious neighbors .. maybe better close the curtains.

    Merry Christmas to you too.

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    1. I was making a couple of Christmas cards earlier this morning and ran into this cartoon. If course I had to share it:

      http://www.you-can-be-funny.com/images/xmasmakingbaby.jpg


      PS: it is a family friendly toon.

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    2. Jaime, I fell out of my chair! I will have to remember to use this as an illustration next time I use my sex orgy example.

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  4. Qui propter nos homines et propter nostram salutem descendit de caelis. Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine, et homo factus est.

    Merry Christmas, Bionic!

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  5. Yuletides BM, may your Christmas be commie-free.

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  6. On the sexual liaison: I guess you must be doing something right since the person probably doesn't know what you look like either. Congratulations on your first groupie!

    Merry Christmas!!!

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  7. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    The comment section is yours. Delete at will!

    ~ Mark

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  8. Merry Christmas

    max

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  9. Merry Christmas everyone. I'm very much looking forward to spending the day with my (extremely) pro Trump relatives. It's the devil I know, and it's always a nice change from what I'm exposed to in every day life.

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  10. Congrats on the growing popularity of your blog Bionic. Keep reading and keep challenging all the sacred cows of liberty.

    Merry Christmas to everyone!

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  11. I, for one, appreciate a well tended garden. The wilderness has to constantly be beaten back. So, thank you for the efforts. And a blessed Christmas to you.

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  12. Don't take any shit off of anybody!!!

    Thanks for all you do !!
    I learn so much!!

    Owyhee Cowboy

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    1. For those who aren't sure about the rules around here, OC has demonstrated the allowable way to use profanity in context at this site!

      Thank you, OC.

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