In the last post, one of my readers has taken me to task on what he feels is my too-strict policy for commenting in this blog, specifically the requirement that I must preapprove all comments before posting them. He would like a freer approach that is less troublesome to contributors, and that, becauseof this, will lead to more vigorous discussions in these pages.
While I have no doubt that these things would result, I would like to state my reasons for doing things my way:
1. I want to keep profanity to a minimum. I think swear words should be used sparingly.
2. The comment section of too many web sites have degenerated into shouting matches between commenters. I don’t think it is particularly courageous to call somebody you will never meet face-to-face a @#^%#$, and I don’t think a blog is enhanced when this occurs on the comments section.
3. I don’t want to get into trouble with one of Canada’s various Human Rights Commissions. While I have no respect whatsoever for these unelected kangaroo courts, the fact of the matter remains that these star chambers are out there and one must take their dark presence into account. And they do hold blog proprietors responsible for the comments that are posted. As I write this I have almost 230 posts, each with a comments section and I don’t have time to police them all in case some agent provocateur makes a comment on post 49.
With regard to the spam filters, sorry about that. It comes with typepad.