It's New Year's Day, and while I don't make resolutions any more, it may be time to set a few ground rules.
Years ago, when I was writing for various publications, I learned that I cannot ethically defend a piece of written work once it is committed to the publisher. It must stand on it's own. I would run my work through a trusted group of editors, who would critique it and make recommendations. I would take those recommendations and make the appropriate changes.
Blogging is different, as is all publishing these days. I still trust commenters to make reasoned, critical arguments. I realize that I don't have a monopoly on rational arguments, and I read all my comments as I find them.
Here on the intertubes, we have commenters we call "trolls". And, like most bloggers, I have mine. These are sometimes people who make calculated, reasoned arguments that enhance the conversation. Other trolls are simply stirring up crap, with ad-hominem attacks and name-calling.
I don't intend to moderate comments, as I do this at my pleasure, and can't be tied to a keyboard. This is a hobby, not a career. This blog covers a range of subject, from the ridiculous to the sublime. But, I expect my commenters to be gentlemen, not jackasses.
So, henceforth, any comment that I don't like, for reasons that are solely my own, will be summarily deleted. With neither appeal or recourse. I enjoy differing views, I revel in spirited discourse. I will not tolerate rudeness. Whatever else might be said, I will assume that no rudeness is accidental.
Y'all have a happy and prosperous New Year.