Personal Attacks and Trolling in Comment Threads
I like my commenters and readers. There’s virtually no one who comments here regularly I don’t think I’d like in person. I have continued blogging out of a sense of obligation to people who have read me for years. I would personally greatly appreciate it if folks would stop the personal attacks. If necessary I will start deleting comments or shutting down comment threads. But I really want to avoid the irritation, both to you and me, of either mandatory registration or author approval comments, or a combination of both.
And I don’t think there’s any commenter here who can’t look at what they write and know themselves if it’s a personal attack or trolling.
Not everyone here likes each other, not everyone here agrees with each other and that’s fine: we discuss important issues and people should be passionate. When that passion starts driving people away, when it starts turning personal amongst people who are basically on the same side, it becomes a problem. So, please, if you disagree with another commenter, by all means say so politely, but no more personal attacks. As for trolling, you know it when you see it, please refrain.
Oh, and if your comment doesn’t show up, it’s almost certainly due to the automatic spam filter, not due to anything manual. At this point I haven’t manually added anyone to the spam filter. I often am offline or don’t check the spam filter for some time, so don’t take it personally. You can contact me at admin-at-ianwelsh-dot-net if you think you’re caught in the spam filter. Again, I may not see your email for some time depending on what’s going on in my life, so if you don’t get an immediate reply, it’s almost certainly not that I’m deliberately ignoring you.