Sunday, February 05, 2006

A quick message to commentators

As you know, I welcome comments here at The Kitchen. I have made it as easy as possible for people to comment, and I haven't felt the need to publish a Comments Policy. Yet.

However, I am getting a number of unpleasantly personal comments cropping up. I wouldn't mind if they actualy said anything constructive, but they don't. Oh, the irony.

So, let me make this absolutely clear: if, like paul (these are all first drafts, paul, and I don't really attempt to be poetic), you are going to criticise offensively or personally the way that I write or you think my views are simplistic or wrong, I fully expect you to post your Homepage address. That way, I can learn from your own impeccable writing style, or reassess my views in light of your own opinions or evidence.

If you do not post your Homepage, your comment will be deleted and your IP blocked. If these comments continue to come in, I will simply not allow anonymous commenting.

Tsk, tsk; there's always a few who ruin it for the others, isn't there...?


Anonymous said...

I'm pretty relaxed about most things, but if anyone thinks my web space is a platform for them to take pot-shots, they learn pretty quickly that my tolerance has limits.

Martin said...


Blogger's 'Comment Moderation' slows down the number of comments which appear, for sure - but having received quite a heavy amount of comment spam and abuse in my day, it's an execellent way of keeping the crap off the blog.

Maybe worth a thought.

Devil's Kitchen said...

MK, yes, but I don't want to have to do that.

I want people to comment if they have something to say, and I want people to be able to debate: moderation breaks that communication to an extent.

I don't think that what I'm asking is wrong or unreasonable.


Martin said...


It's not unreasonable at all.

I felt I had to introduce moderation - I hope your site's commentators respect your decision, so that you won't have to.

Katy Newton said...

I don't get anonymous posting. If you're ashamed to put your name to it then you probably shouldn't be saying it.

Simon Hodges said...

The facelessness of virtual communication makes people unusually vitriolic. It's an interesting to see how people feel they can behave when stripped of social constraints.

Neil Harding said...

DK, I'm impressed, this Paul guy managed to insult you more than I ever did?

In the interests of free speech, can we see the posts, I'm curious what he said.

I've been called everything under the sun in comments to my blog. I have no problem with that, I would never censor them and have never censored anything.

Please re-think, unless it is just repetitive spam (in which case you have to delete it for practical reasons) then take the insults as meaning you are winning the argument.

Devil's Kitchen said...


"A good post! Such a pity you cannot write well." (the link on the word "paul" takes you to the Haloscan link.

It just seemed a pointless - and slightly contradictory - thing to write. At leas you do try to argue your points.

I've nevver deleted a comment - apart from spam - and I don't want to start.


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