January 10, 2009

Regarding Comments

In almost five years of blogging and more than six thousand posts I have experienced only a few occasions in which I had to turn on comment moderation. Most of the time it has been a brief method of preventing a bout of comment spam.

On the whole I have a pretty liberal comment policy. This is not a zone in which I demand that everyone agree with me. It hasn't been uncommon to find posts in which the commenters and I have diametrically opposed opinions. And that is ok, I don't expect everyone to agree with me.

Within the past two weeks or so this blog has been hit with some of the most vile remarks I have seen. More than a few of you slugs have suggested that I die a horrible death. It really is heartwarming, although I must admit that I have been disappointed at the lack of creativity in the suggestions.

Sadly I must draw the line at allowing that sort of hate speech to be posted here. So I must make a comment about the policy. Think of it if you will as the Animal House policy, "They can't do that to our pledges, only we can do that to our pledges."

That is my way of saying that I hold final say on all comments. My decision, end of story. Don't care if you don't like it. Go start your own blog or grab a soap box and a bull horn.

One more quick remark. I have been jammed for time and haven't been as good as normal about responding to comments. My apologies for this, I am endeavoring to improve upon it.


Donald Douglas said...

Well, if you're blogging about Israel, you'll get the death threats. I'm surprised I haven't had more.

I just delete that nasties as the come. Comment moderation is actually a bummer for the blog readers who have nice things to say and want the interaction.

Jack said...

Agreed. The interaction is one of the best parts of blogging.

Mottel said...

Consider it a sign from above that you're doing an amazing job -had you not been, you wouldn't be attracting this trash!

Mr Lady said...

I. Am. Horrified.

I'll jump through whatever hoops I have to in order to comment. I'm so sorry to hear about this.

Leora said...

I liked Mottel's comment. Shavua tov, may good things come this week.

JewWishes said...

I take the same policy as Donald Douglas does, and delete the nasty and obnoxious comments. It's my blog, and I'll delete if I want to.

SuperRaizy said...

Mottel is right!
What you're doing is very important and I believe that it has a real impact.

Jack said...


I don't know about an amazing job. But I have managed to find a few wack jobs.

Mr. Lady,

World is filled with a lot of good people and a lot of idiots.


Shavua Tov to you as well.

JewWishes- Most the really bad ones get eliminated. Every now and then there is a reason to let one stand.


Thank you.