I’m sorry, but can I just take a minute out to remind readers?
I welcome debate on this site, but I want high-quality debate. If somebody doesn’t agree with a particular point of view, they can say why they don’t agree, they can maybe put forward their own view. These pages are all permanent, all publicly searchable, so by doing that, anyone who happens along later can see the debate and can decide for themselves who (if anyone) they agree with. Good debate.
The first time I blocked someone, it was because they used racist language. I won’t allow that. And this is my site, so my word goes. I blocked the user, and also developed a page to put on the site, outlining what I thought was and wasn’t acceptable. I was incredulous that it even needed to be said, because we all know how to behave, right? Apparently not.
Yesterday, I had a comment along the lines “… this shows you know nothing about…”. In other words, “because your view is different to mine, you are completely ignorant.Your view doesn’t count”.
I’m sorry, but that is a belittling, bullying comment. It doesn’t mean they know nothing. it means they see things from a different viewpoint. They have different priorities, maybe, but that is what debate is all about. But even if there is differing opinion, if the debate is happening on my site, I require mutual respect. So, that user, too, has been blocked – I don’t want bullies here.
That approach is also counter-productive, since at the click of a button, I moderated out the entire comment thread. So all the effort they took to crafting their insult in the first place, and it is straight away consigned to the trashcan where nobody will see it.
Please, everybody, think before you write.