As I have mentioned repeatedly, Gates of Vienna is open to commenters across the whole spectrum of opinion, provided those opinions are expressed in a manner that stays within the rules. Our rules are that comments must be civil, temperate, on-topic, and show decorum. See this earlier post for more detail about the rules.
“Civil” means: no name calling, gratuitous insults, personal slurs, denigration of someone’s intelligence, etc.
On a recent post two commenters switched to a different language so that they could insult each other without bringing down the wrath of the blog owners.
Fortunately for me, the Rosetta Stone projects have given me access to volunteer translators who are kind enough to help me decode virtually any language that is native to those who comment here. This morning I found out what yesterday’s foreign-language comments meant, and I have deleted them.
I require civility in any languages used here. It’s very annoying to have to chase down a translator to discover what’s in a comment, and it’s a waste of a volunteer’s time to have to deal with all the vulgarity and childishness.
The miscreants know who they are. If you continue to do this kind of thing, I will simply delete your comments when they are wholly or partially in a language I don’t understand. That will save both my time and that of the translator.
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It would be better for all concerned if comments remain in English. However, a possible solution is that anyone who uses another language also accompany it with his own translation, as some of the Danes and the Dutch have been kind enough to do in the past when they leave jokes or aphorisms in their native languages.
One of the things that I value about our comments sections is the civility exhibited by almost everyone who contributes. Those of you who seem determined to be vulgar and insulting are doing no one any favors, because such behavior, when it appears in a thread, tends to spoil the rest of the conversation.
If certain commenters become annoying enough, I will have to delete their comments outright whenever they appear. I hate the idea of doing this, so please restrain yourselves.
All ideas are tolerated here, but not all modes of expression are acceptable.