I hate to lose readers and I’m sorry things have come to this. But I need to say a few things:
This blog thing, it’s not a full-time thing — though, of late, it’s begun to feel like one. In the limited time that I have, I try to skim through comments and approve them. (It’s not easy, believe me, given the size of some comments in relation to the size of my phone.) It’s not a perfect system. I am not a perfect man. There may be things that I don’t mind that others will mind. It’s not that I approve of what’s being said. It’s just that I’m a sucker for free speech, and I believe that that includes people saying nice things as well as people saying nasty things. And things correct themselves due to these very people. If enough nasty things are said, I am sure people are going to raise their voices — as has indeed been the case — and we can look at solutions.
One solution might be to ignore the offender — don’t feed him or her. After all, the name is up there on top. Don’t read the comment. Go on to the next comment and continue your discussion. That’s what I would do.
Or else, bring it up. And I’ll make a note. Be extra careful about reading that person’s comments before approving them. Think of it like someone taking a dump on your street every day. If you don’t say anything, the impression may be that you have gotten used to holding your nose and walking past. But if you speak up, there’s a chance the Corporation will listen and clean things up. I realise this example has made me a shit-cleaner, but if that’s what I have to do, then that’s what I have to do.
But again, it is the Internet, folks. As much as I’d like it to be like a cosy adda session, you are going to be rubbing shoulders with people who you wish weren’t born. It is not for me to tell you how to deal with these people — that has to come from within you. But if you feel this blog has ceased to cater to your needs and sensibilities, then you should stop coming here. I would hate it if readers came here and left feeling awful. But I cannot promise that all comments will be moderated perfectly before they appear. As I said, it’s not a perfect system. I am not a perfect man.
Thank you for reading. Sincerely, genuinely, from the bottom of my heart.