Monday, January 28, 2008
Some Comments On Commenting
I, as your King of the Hate Left, do feel it is time to address some issues regarding commentary on this site.
This site is obviously going to have some highly emotionally charged topics as it confronts the lies, the hypocrisies and the foibles of the local right wing media. This leads people to become very angry from time to time, and can cause commenting without thought.During the past week, I've had to eliminate two comments that went over the line in personal attacks. One was directed at McBride, one was at Fischer. The last time I had to remove a comment was during the IT affair. Four in the time I've been on my throne is not bad, but I do not want this to become a habit.
I realize how tempting it is to become personal when writing about these people. It is also very difficult to exercise self-control, when those on the right do not. They will often vilify us, call us names, and make things very personal. But, this does not excuse us from our own behaviors.
Just as I do not hold terrorists to the standard that I judge my behavior, I do not hold these right wing hatemongers as a standard with which to use as a comparison. Because they choose to make base, false, and abusive comments, we do not need to stoop to their level.
I am not going to make the comment section moderated at this time. I have faith in you, my people, to make your King proud and that you would maintain the proper decorum. By all means, help me illustrate their lies, their inconsistencies and their contradictions, but please do not let your comments slip to the point of malicious, personal attacks. That is the for the likes of the mealy-mouthed right.
Furthermore, I have one other request. Please use a pseudonym, instead of anonymous. I have recently had a post with several comments, of which 75% were anonymous. This can make it difficult for your King, who needs his full attention to sally forth and do battle with the forces of evil. If you do not wish to use your real name, I cannot fault you. Capper, King of the Left Hate is not what is printed on my birth certificate or driver's license, so I cannot fault anyone for using a blogonym. Besides, as the irreproachable Sir folkbum points out, it doesn't matter what you call yourself. Also it would be fun to put at least some sort of name to your various writing styles.
The King of the Hate Left hath spoken. So shall it be.