A few words on my comments policy appear to be in order.
Over the last few months, I have had a handful of irate readers berate me for deleting their comments, so it seemed a good moment to revisit how comments are handled at TEV.
First, I have never understood those readers who feel entitled to have their comments posted, no matter how rude or unedifying they might be. So let me reiterate, TEV is not a democracy. I pay a fee to keep this site up and running, plus the investment of my time, and it is entirely up to me to decide who can and cannot comment. If I chose to ban left-handed redheads, so be it.
Fortunately, I am not that capricious. And contrary to the assertions of my wounded anonymous kneebiters, I do not delete comments that merely disagree with me. Go through the archives, you will find numerous posts with deep comment threads containing spirited back-and-forths. I am all for thoughtful disagreement and debate.
What I will not abide, and will continue to delete, are comments that are little more than name-calling. Comments that are needlessly rude or pointlessly flip. Comments that are nothing more disembodied snark, that take cheap shots at me or my other readers. (Comments which without exception hide behind false names and false email addresses.)
I have always been tremendously proud of the smart, spirited readers who make TEV their home, and the civility of the comments area is a source of singular pride. But it has required me from time to time to show certain readers the door – are you reading, “Serge?” “GG Gaynor”? – and I will continue to do so as I deem necessary. And I suspect the majority of my readers will thank me for it.
Back now, to our regularly scheduled programming. Big happenings at Skylight this Sunday afternoon, check the sidebar for details.