Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, May 4, 2006 9:08 am


Filed under: Housekeeping — Lex @ 9:08 am

TO: Trolls and other would-be commenters
DATE: 5/4/2006
RE: Trolling v. commenting

Short version: No trolling. No exceptions.

Elaboration: This is my personal blog. It’s a hobby, something I do for my own enjoyment. (If anyone else enjoys it as well, that’s great, but it doesn’t really factor into my thinking.) I’m not representing or speaking for my employer here, and I have no patience with anyone who wants to pretend otherwise. Further, I’m not going to put up with stuff I don’t like just because someone else thinks I should. Because some previous commenters presumed that they had a right to post whatever garbage they wanted here — in particular, one former local law-enforcement officer who posted both here and at my work blog under a variety of pseudonyms and false e-mail addresses, apparently under the impression that I didn’t know how to check IP addresses — I now moderate comments. I regret this, but a lot of big-name blogs don’t allow comments at all, so it could be worse.

If you want to argue with me, fine. Just be factual, logical (in particular, don’t pretend I said things I didn’t say) and polite. I don’t have to be polite back, although I do practice a no-first-use rule regarding rudeness. If you persist in misstating the facts even after being corrected, I may or may not continue to post your comments. If you persist in illogic, ditto. If you’re rude or personally insulting, I’ll post the comment but give you a warning. Any further rudeness will get all your future comments spiked without publication.

Also: Disagree with anything I say, but please do NOT assume you know why I’m saying something. I’ll treat you the same way. That is, I’ll deal with your arguments on their face without trying to assume a motive you haven’t expressed; please do the same.

I understand that there’s something about the substance and/or tone of my blogging that just makes a few people’s heads explode. There are one or two cases where I think that’s funny, but by and large I really don’t. On the other hand, I can’t help that, and I’m not going to spend my blogging life cleaning some idiot’s hair, skin, skull fragments and sorry excuse for a brain off my blog. If you don’t like it here, there’s a new blog being created every second — go visit one of them.


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