A few folk got a bit fractious, and indeed contentious, over the weekend here. This resulted in some commenters being peeved, if not miffed.
I have said what I’m going to say before, but will reiterate it.
I credit the popularity of the blog to the wide range of contributors we have. This is good for debate under the thesis/antithesis/synthesis principle. Long may that continue! The different views of and comments on the prospectus were indicative of how useful a site like this can be.
As the thumbs issue seemed to generate its own arguments, I offered the poll in the post below. The majority want them to stay, so stay they will. But if thumbs up or down offend you, don’t look at them! You’re all adults (well apart from you … [Name deleted]).
As for comment threads becoming discouraging to read through…
One of the problems with RTC and TSFM is that posts were infrequent, so comment threads grew and grew.
I like writing so try to post daily or more, helped by those kind enough to contribute guest posts. This helps break the comments up, though can disrupt a conversation.
I don’t want to run a message board and I don’t see the point of registration of users. I have never banned any commenter, and occasionally (3 times) have put all comments by a poster into moderation. Very few comments are either unapproved or deleted. I trust my readers to behave, as most do most of the time. If you feel very strongly about an issue or comment, feel free to frame a guest post.
I will also look to using more comments as the basis for posts, or even as guest posts in their entirety which I trust won’t annoy anyone.
So we will keep going as we are, trying to show respect to each other. If you are getting wound up by another commenter, or by me, then maybe have a quiet few minutes to calm down?
Unlike other sites, this one is not out to change the world, or hold others to account. It is simply a place for me and others to write about interesting things.
I don’t like to see people commenting that they are less likely to read because of the tone so let’s not have that.
And now back to your regularly scheduled legalistic nit-picking and pedantry…
Posted by Paul McConville