New Commenting Rules
Due to the marked increase in abusive comments, towards other commenters and this blogger, I have decided to institute the following additional guidelines. It’s not a matter of the few ruining it for the majority. Simply put: I do not mind the occasional ribbing nor do I shy away from a robust exchange of ideas–that includes a good shot, but insulting someone’s mother or ridiculing another’s appearance brings nothing to the table. Calling me or any of my readers “fascist fucking pigs” as one Laila Yuile supporter did in the Watts post from yesterday is just not going to go through or get approved no matter what else was contained in the remainder of the text.
Additionally, I am perplexed by people who continue to submit comments when they know they’re banned from this blog. You are not bothering me in the least, as I simply delete your bloody ridiculous comments the second I begin to read them. Submitting under different names isn’t going to cut it either. Larry Jordan–this means YOU, among a few others, including the illustrious thug from Garden Bay Brian Gough, who hides behind the name ‘Grant’.
1) Lengthy essays that run 500 words and include comments about Larry (the good one), Dave, Gary (from the Island) or Bob (who also posts on another blog for retired VPD heroes) being simply ghost names for me and my thoughts is beyond asinine. I post and only comment in reply to you. Sadly, some valuable comments are deleted because they include lengthy and insulting statements (often libelous) about what is perceived by a deranged few clearly prior to meds. Those won’t be approved. Don’t bother. The only person you will frustrate is YOU. I will simply hit the delete button.
2) Writing me about what a polling hero you are in your own mind (yes, that means you Glen Robbins) and how you predicted Barack Obama’s win, while ignoring the topic and insulting me is a waste of space on this blog. Well known nutters in the blogosphere ether will NEVER be approved here–do not waste your time, it’ll never happen. We talk about serious issues here. I have the best commenters of any blog in this province, but I have diluted the quality by trying to be ultimately democratic and letting even some crapsters in. Well, those days are gone. I will not allow this blog to turn into a place from which such people can hang off.
3) Please stick to the topic at hand. Even some regulars do not adhere to this: If you start asking me about the Premier when I’ve done a post on the global economic crisis, I won’t approve your comment. You can send me off-topic comments–which I will happily address either by email or in a future post (which I’ll tell you about), by clicking on the appropriate ‘Contact’ tab on this blog’s browser. It’s a simple process, please get used to it.
4) I like a good insult as much as the next bare-knuckled contrarian–but there are limits. If I’m “an idiot” for thinking that France’s economy might also soon suffer some bond issues, then say so but back it up. But when you come to comment on, for example, Dianne Watts and refer to her as an “ugly right-wing bitch” then I think that you have not only given up your privilege to comment here, but you additionally can’t comprehend the Mayor of Surrey’s politics–nor can you see very well. Similarly, yesterday, I had a small flood of Laila Yuile commenters that felt it necessary, while being dumb enough to use the same names they use on her blog, go into long, tiresome comments about how Watts is just like Carole Taylor a “whitebread whore” and “conservative ass-licker.” Apart from being out of your minds (those of you that wrote accordingly), do you honestly think I’m going to approve such comments, not just because they’re grotesquely inaccurate but terribly offensive too? Really? Think again, if thinking is at all an option for you.
5) On any legally sensitive posts, while I am enthusiastic to bring them to you, please take due care in your comments. Particularly if you are anonymous, your comment will be edited as the ramifications are to me, not you. I realize that my own enthusiasm to get these kinds of posts out to you is often frustrated by legal opinions (as with the current and previous BC Rail posts) but you must exercise greater care. If I leave a question open, like, “what was in your brother’s envelope that he gave to Dave Basi, Premier” you cannot speculate without reason.
6) Finally, please do not think I’m ignoring your comments, those of you that send me private emails and those whose comments might not appear right away. I receive a ton of mail daily and cannot possibly answer all of it in one day–sometimes even in one week. Yesterday, I received 78 emails from readers, the day before it was 46. That’s a lot of comments to sift through, so please be patient. Also, I’m not sure why it happens, but many times comments will get kicked to ‘SPAM’. That’s not good but I have no way of policing that. If you have left a reasonable comment and feel I’ve not posted it, please do send me a note and I’ll look for it.
Thanks for your understanding on this.
Later today you will, once again, enjoy two more BC Rail posts–with some excellent backgrounders from Bill Tieleman’s blog.