I ended up yanking about 5 comments today from a variety of folks for breaking the rules, so I thought it might be a good idea to recap my philosophy on comment moderating.
- Don’t call other commenters nasty names.
Pretty simple, huh?
Why? It’s not that I’m squeamish about the language or haven’t used that language myself to talk about the DEA or someone else in prohibition â€” rather it’s my experience that once it happens, the whole conversation turns into nothing but a shouting match and nothing interesting is said again.
Also, since this is my blog, I reserve the right to be completely arbitrary and unfair about it. I may yank yours even though someone else said something worse to you. Just like in football, it may be the retaliation that gets the penalty.
Sometimes it’s because I’ve been too busy to read them all, but other times I have my reasons.
For instance, if a prohibitionist or prohibition enabler stops by and calls us nasty names, I’ll probably leave the post up. We don’t get them here often enough and it’s nice to have a chance to argue with them (argue, not call them names). If you respond in kind, it brings you down to that level, cuts off any chance of having a discussion, and allows them to prance away gloating that “those legalizers didn’t even have a response to my argument â€” they just called me names, because they knew I was right.”
A couple of you found clever backhanded ways to give a dig back, while refuting the arguments. That’s cool.
Final note: a commenter I’ve never seen before left a comment wishing someone a bullet in the head. Comments like that will not only be pulled, but will probably get the commenter banned.
Feel free to disagree â€” actively, passionately, vocally, and intelligently, but civilly.
Thanks! I’ve got some of the best commenters out there and we have some amazing discussions.