Monday, October 24, 2011
Some commenters are just plain weird
I apologize for having to terminate comments on the post I put up last night about the latest scandal in the Catholic Church. I'm afraid the comment thread got spammed by some idiot who seemed convinced I was nothing more than a Catholic-hater who needed to be put in his place, plus another person who appeared equally convinced that the Catholic Church is the biblical whore of Babylon and needs to be exposed as such. In both cases, the commenters produced a great deal of heat, but no light whatsoever. Rather than let them build up a head of steam until one or both exploded (and/or until others decided to jump in), I killed their comments and closed the thread.
I'll continue to allow open comments by anyone, from any point of view, as long as they're reasoned, rational and relatively polite. When the name-calling and mud-slinging starts, I clamp down. There's no place for that sort of nonsense here. I don't want to go to permanent comment moderation, as some bloggers have chosen to do; but if I have to do so, I will. Meanwhile, if my more sensible readers notice someone frothing at the mouth in a comment thread, please send me an e-mail (the address is in my blog profile) to let me know about it, in case I've missed it.