No. This is not an advert for e-sure, nor an hommage to the late Michael Winner.
Instead I would like to appeal to my commenters to follow Mr Winner’s advice.
I was going to email the people to whom I am referring, but not all have left genuine email addresses.
As I have often said, it is the exchange of comment and discussion here which makes this blog what it is.
Gratuitous insults are not called for – nor in fact are non-gratuitous insults!
All I ask is that people extend each other, and the rest of the readers some courtesy. If I from time to time get a bit scunnered reading some of the comments, then I wonder how those not as connected to the blog as me feel (and that of course includes everyone else in the world apart from Mr WordPress).
I do not want to go down the road of having banned words, phrases and commenters. In one chat with RTC he told me that he had literally thousands of comments sitting in moderation. That becomes a full time job. I have better things to do with my time than to spend my life moderating the comments (after all I need time to spend obsessing about Rangers). 🙂
So, as an executive decision, the following statements are to be taken as Gospel on the site and we do not need people to harp on about them – ok?
Supporting the cause of a united Ireland and organisations which espouse that cause DOES NOT mean that the supporter necessarily approves of killing children.
Supporting that cause DOES NOT mean that the supporter should be packed on a boat across the Irish Sea. It is perfectly possible to support a united Ireland or Irish independence without being Irish, in the same way as it was possible to support independence for East Timor without being Timorese, or for Palestine without being Palestinian.
Supporting the Orange Walk DOES NOT mean that the supporter necessarily approves of killing Catholics.
Monti does not live in the Falklands. He said it as a joke.
References which are, or appear to me to be, insulting for the sake of it will likely disappear along with the comments they are in.
So – we do not need to hear about “the unwashed” or “stupid huns” or indeed “stupid” anythings, unless there actually is a context within which it makes sense to mention such phrases.
There are some commenters who annoy others – and as such are branded “trolls”. We do not need that to be pointed out. If you have decided that a commenter is trolling, just ignore them. Pass over their comments like the God of Israel on the first Passover Day (but do not go slaughtering the first-born either.)
I am sure that most regular readers could draw up a chart showing which specific commenters others have a problem with. But there is no need to do so.
If someone does not like posts by cam, carson, david, ecojon, mick or Violet (to pick some random examples in alphabetical order – please do not be offended if I have mentioned you, or be offended if I have not – nor am I suggesting that any of the people mentioned are trolls) then either ignore them …
… or else engage in constructive and civilised debate.
One reason for the open comment policy is that it allows people to guage the value of what a commenter has to say. For example, if I blocked everything that a stupid person said, then they might think they were being censored and it would not be apparant to people that it was being done because the commenter was being stupid! (BTW that is an aceptable use of the term – but it should not be taken as necessarily applying to anyone specific … except of course for …
That way we can maintain the reputation of the blog for sensible discussion, prompted by over long and nit-picky posts by me.
And a Happy Easter Triduum to you all!
Posted by Paul McConville