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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Comments are back

Our latest no-comments week has come and gone, and I must say it was relaxing, refreshing, and revealing. Not having to read everyone's thoughts, or respond to off-base arguments, was a bit of a relief. But it ain't the same without the comments, and so I'm happy to say that they're back.

Later today, when I've got a little more attention to pay to this, I'll be un-banning, at least temporarily, everyone who has previously earned the honor of being banished from this site. With any luck, this will not unleash a torrent of spam and trolling, but if it does, we'll have to reverse course.

Now might be a good time for us to assume the editorial "we" and say a few words about what kinds of comments are and are not welcome on this blog. The idea of the comments feature is to allow readers to participate in a conversation with us, and with each other. Comments that are overly argumentative, caustic, or insulting do not fit within this description. Off-topic comments, particularly those that make the same point that the commenter has previously made on this site, are not welcome.

Comments that relate to my workplace will be removed. Comments that make ad hominem remarks about other commenters, or particularly about me, are also unwelcome. And this is not the place to post a general review or critique of this site or my views or outlook, either. You'll have to go to one of the ever-growing list of hater sites to do that.

When in doubt, you can always relay your reaction to anything on this site to us by e-mail. We may post your message on the blog, but absent extraordinary circumstances, we would not attribute such a posting to you.

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O.k., enough of that. A sincere welcome back, commenters.

UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: The bans have been lifted. Please join me with fingers crossed, hoping that this does not trigger a cyber-trashing of this site.

Comments (13)

Jack
I was just starting to get the shakes.

I for one welcome back the comments and their overlord!
Just kidding Jack, I welcome back the comments.

I feel like it's the first day of school, and this is a new pencil box. I hope to keep that feeling for a long time.

Thanks Jack,
I didn't know I could hold my breath for a week!

Jack,
Thanks for the website.
I'm going to offer a bit of (possibly unwelcome) advice: please don't post someone's "recollection" if you're not certain it's correct. It doesn't look good for you, and they're anonymous and so can't take the heat. You've been relaying other folks' words recently (perhaps just because you had turned off comments feature), but I'm not sure that's the best tactic for you.

I'd agree with Jud. It's one thing to pass along a rumor that's attributed to someone (since they take the heat if they're wrong) - but I wouldn't pass along an unsourced and anonymous rumor... like the one about an imminent resignation that never happened a few weeks back.

Damn it's been so long i forgot what I wanted to say. LOL
Glad everything is back to normal.

p.s. ...and in the interest of accentuating the positive: Jack, I continue to think that your blog is one of the best around. I don't always agree with you, but that's because your point of view isn't predictably partisan or single-minded (like, say, mine.) Keep up the good work.

Guys, please, no reviews (good or bad). Use e-mail.

As for the rumor -- I still suspect there's truth to it.

Interesting point from my Yahoo horoscope today:

You mustn't think that people don't like you just because they argue with you.

Thanks for turning the comments back on.

Regarding people who have been banned, I thought that it was more of a one or two week timeout, rather than a permanent ban. Or was that just my experience the two times I was banned here?

Harry

Some folks' behavior has warranted a complete and permanent ban, which we're trying to relegate to a measure of last resort.

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