You may have noticed: We moderate here much less than we used to. We count on the urbane behavior of our commenters. Usually, that works. In the few cases when it does not, we usually don’t edit or delete comments. We issue a warning when the line is crossed.
That warning is no idle chatter. When we say that “ Commenters who cannot adhere to these principles will be removed from the party and will not be invited back,” then they will be removed and not be invited back if the unurbane behavior continues.
Commenting at TTAC works like around a dinner table. Be friendly, be welcoming, don’t be offensive. Discuss issues, but don’t attack the other person. You can discuss the issues all day long as long as it is in a civilized way. When you signed on to TTAC, you agreed to some basic rules.
One of these rules says: “No flaming the website, its authors or fellow commentators.”
Like many rules, this rule is not always enforced with the same fervor. But when it is, it is.
This discussion overstepped the line right from the start. And it got worse. I will not regurgitate the discussion. Also, I do not want it to be regurgitated.
I issued a warning on May 3rd, 2012 at 1:41 pm, and I expected the warning to be heeded. There were a few commenters who ignored the warning. These commenters have been removed and cannot come back. Note that the bannings were issued strictly for ignoring the warning after it was issued.
In order to avoid a reoccurrence of this unfortunate episode, I recommend a civilized discussion style. If you can’t say it without attacking the other person, don’t say it at all. If a warning is issued, it already has gone way too far, and the warning must be heeded without exceptions.
A discussion of this long-standing policy is not desired.