One of the fun things about blogs is you can meet some interesting people. Conversely, you can attract people who’s sole purpose is to smear you, discredit your message, or derail the conversation or topic and try and make your whole effort as attractive as a pile of stinking garbage.
It can be tricky trying to figure out what to do with these comments. Should I delete them, spam them, or leave them?
It’s quite provable the leaving derailing or defamatory comments will influence future commenters, perhaps even stopping them cold from commenting at all. Most aren’t willing to engage in controversy, and most don’t want to set themselves up for ad hominem attacks or disparaging remarks.
If I outright delete comments, I will be accused of having an agenda. Of course I have my own agenda here, that’s why I created this blog. Those that disagree are free to start their own blog or use the myriad of other options available to them on “social” media. If I leave comments up that are defamatory, then it may imply in some readers’ minds that I support the person or comment.
So my compromise (for now) is to move comments that I think aren’t helpful or are taking away from the blog’s message to this page. Egregious violations will be deleted completely. All elements here are experimental, so this page may or may not remain.