A Reminder About Commenting Protocol at StandFirm
A reminder about commenting protocol at StandFirm
Blogs are very like conversations at highly social cocktail parties—groups of interested people gather together and discuss various topics. The conversations are wide-ranging, but centered around a particular area of interest. People gravitate to and from the different groups with drinks in hand to discuss different topics at their leisure.
When erstwhile commenters enter into conversational groups [ie, the commenting threads at posts on specific topics] and 1) denounce blogs and blogging in general, 2) chatter on about how ignorant and misinformed the commenters are, 3) declaim against the chosen topic of the blog post and announce that such things should not be discussed or posted about, 4) declare that they are going to stand above it all by not commenting on the post, through a comment on the thread, 5) marvel over the ignorance and arrogance of those conversing for daring to converse about a topic about which they should be quiet, or 6) arbitrarily announce that they will converse loudly about another topic in the midst of the conversational group [ie, women’s ordination, Bush-lied, Islamic jihad, global warming, chasubles, etc. when the post is not about these topics] these commenters make themselves ridiculous by commenting off-topic among conversationalists who are indifferent to their opinions about blogs, StandFirm in general, the ignorance of the commenters, and more.
At a real cocktail party, the hosts of the party would calmly usher the rude conversational intruder who is declaiming against the particular conversation into a soundproof room where he or she can declaim at his or her leisure in splendid isolation.
The StandFirm bloggers will continue to do precisely same thing.
We urge commenters who are philosophically opposed to blogging in principle, despise StandFirm and/or its bloggers as a whole, dislike the alleged ignorance of all the commenters on the thread, loathe the topics chosen, are generally far more informed then 100% of the other commenters, or wish to talk about topics that are not being conversed about at the StandFirm cocktail party to begin their own blogs and speak to themselves and other interested parties within their own houses.
We do not allow commenters to attempt to derail threads and we revoke the commenting privileges of those who repeatedly make the attempt. We have done so to revisionists [recently revoking the commenting privileges of a long-commenting revisionist who had declined into angry trolling about the ignorance of the commenters] and we have done so to conservatives.
In the meantime, we value passionate and well-expressed disagreement over principles and details. Indeed the particular thread that precipitated this reminder [although this reminder has been a long time in coming and there are numerous other examples from the past 9-12 months] about the commenting protocol exhibits several examples of clear, persistent disagreement amongst wide varieties of parties, defending their beliefs and perspectives with vigor and clarity. We like that and urge commenters of all stripes to give it a try.
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