I have recently been taken to task by one of my fellow bloggers over a perceived capricious rejection of comments here.
That comment was mistaken. I invite and relish respectful discourse on the topics I post on. I welcome dissent. I welcome principled debate.
Some have suggested that blogs are an open forum. I disagree with that, blogs are the province of their creator, for better of ill. The creator is responsible for the blog in total including the tone and policies. The policies should however be made clear the readers and especially the commenters.
My rejection of comments here is not capricious, I read and consider all comments before allowing them. I have only rejected a few comments. Fortunately that is easy because not many people leave comments because not that many people visit my site.
Of the few comments I have rejected, one I considered spam and the rest were obviously duplicates. In at least one case I went to considerable effort to recover a comment I had erroneously deleted.
I do demand decorum and respectful language. Ad hominem attacks will be deleted. Some may disagree with my position and limits. That is their right and I respect that, but elsewhere.
I will endeavor to inform individuals of the reasons for deletions, if their comments allow me to email them. If anyone posts anonymously and their comment does not show up in a couple of days, I invite them to email me, my email is in my profile.
I also comment on an number of blogs. Mostly those listed in the New Orleans Blog Roll. In a number of recent cases I have left an on topic comment which have not shown up on the blog. I wonder why. It may well be technical difficulties of the kind I experienced that caused someone to question my posting policy.
I invite anyone who has a problem with any of my posts to contact me and explain why they have a problem. My email address is posted in my profile. I will endeavor to reciprocate.
I also invite anyone who reads this to comment on the comment policy either here or elsewhere.