I have closed two threads to comments and deleted as many of the outright rule-breakers as I could find. These threads had degenerated into name-calling and other vile behavior.
This is very unfortunate, because our comment threads used to be havens of lucidity and rational discussion, even when the topic was contentious. Nastiness like this drives away serious thinkers who want to have a calm discussion.
Gates of Vienna is expansive in its treatment of comments, but we do have rules. To recapitulate: comments must be civil, temperate, on-topic, and show decorum.
In more detail:
|1.||Civil: No name calling, gratuitous insults, personal slurs, denigration of someone’s intelligence, etc.|
|2.||Temperate: No exhortations to commit violence or foment insurrection, or slaughter, or maim, etc.|
|3.||On-topic: We generally don’t delete off-topic comments, but reserve the right to if they are excessively long. A brief OT mention of something you think we should know is perfectly fine.|
|4.||Decorum: We are a PG-13 blog, because the parents of homeschoolers allow their older children to come over here to further their education. Please make your point without resort to foul language or explicit descriptions.|
Name-calling violates #1.
Advocating murder violates #2.
Racial epithets violate #1 and sometimes #4.
If the situation continues to deteriorate, I will close all posts to comments for a while.
This is not what I want to do. Please get yourselves under control.