Welcome to my blog. Mine. As in I pay for its hosting, I create the content, and I started it to serve my purposes.
Think of it as perhaps a semi-public portion of my house, like the front porch, and I am very happy you are visiting. Hopefully it has comfy chairs and a swing and maybe even ice-tea. But it is still on my property even if the neighbors can see it.
This is a roundabout way of saying it is not a public forum–it is my forum. You can go over to Blogger.com and start a blog of your very own and it won’t cost you a cent. That, then would be your forum and you can say whatever you want there.
I’m not at all trying to discourage conversation here. I like it when people comment, especially about the posts. When I express an opinion, I don’t mind when people express contrary opinions as long as they’re polite about it. But if the thing you were going to say would get you chucked off my porch, then it will probably get you chucked off this blog, too.
I use a disemvoweler plug-in to make objectionable material harder to read. Repeat trolls get kill filed. Meat Puppets get barbequed. I try to distinguish between the socially inept and the obnoxiously malignant. I prefer to give people a chance to rectify their behavior rather than block them.
Who decides what’s objectionable? That would be me. It could be an attack on other commentor or an attack on me and/or my work and, frankly, I’m not interested in paying to host your attacks on me. You can do that on your own porch. Hell, if you yell loud enough, I might hear you from mine.
Edited on 1 May 2011
In order to simplify responding to people, I am limiting contacts to active posts and the “Contact Me” page. This way I might be better about responses though I’m better about responding to emails (stevengould AT digitalnoir DOT com.)