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21 November, 2006

Don't step on my black leather boots

I maintain this website simply because I enjoy doing so.  It's an outlet for my random thoughts, passing and pressing concerns, and whatever I've found interesting in the world.

On the whole, I welcome comments, but it has to be acknowledged that this is primarily about my own writing; I participate in online discussion groups and offline conversations for dialogue, but the Ministry is mainly a monologue.

I don't expect everyone to agree with everything I say, of course, and nor do I object to the occasional throwaway flippant remark. Comments don't need to be supportive, and don't always have to be deeply meaningful.

However, if it gets to the stage when every single time I log in I can expect to see a mildly hostile comment or, worse, a trivial one, always from the same person, it's just no fun any more. I'm not looking for a co-author, and I don't need a punchline added to each entry. It's inhibiting to feel one has to second-guess future comments, affecting one's phrasing and even choice of potential topics.

Most regular commenters add genuine value, for which I'm very grateful, but I'm just not interested in the opinions and supposed witticisms of a persistent gatecrasher, and I don't offer a venue for someone else's idle thoughts. That's imposing on my hospitality.
Hence, I have no hesitation in banning such individuals (or rather, one particular individual), for the sake of the site and, quite simply, my own continued enjoyment. It's not for being rude or offensive, and certainly not for contradicting me. It's because, whatever your intentions, you're being a nuisance.


Welcome to the world of open comments on blogs :) .

You always get people like this, I've had my fair share over the years.

Posted by Neil T. at November 21, 2006 08:03 PM
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