I thank everyone for the feedback I received about whether I should start commenter registration. It was a close call for me – the votes were for, but the passion I got in a number of emails was against – and I’ve decided to leave things as they are for now.
That being said, if I get the sense that it’s getting worse, I reserve the right to change my mind. And I won’t put it up for your thoughts the next time.
If I can just take a minute to reiterate what this is and isn’t about, I’d appreciate your patience. I have no desire to censor anyone’s opinion and I think if you’re fair-minded about that, you’ll acknowledge that the comments section at GTP is pretty free wheeling. But you’re all guests here, and just like I wouldn’t expect you to walk into someone’s house you’ve been invited to and take a dump on the rug, I hope you’d have enough respect for everyone else here not to behave badly.
I’ve nuked people from the site for three reasons. None of them were because of certain opinions being expressed.
- Sockpuppetry. I understand the psychology, but it’s still weird to me that someone posts under one pseudonym to give another pseudonym fake support. Also, on a related front, I’ve nuked one commenter for trying to pass himself off as another blogger. Be satisfied with being yourself, even if that’s under a fake name.
- Spam trolling. You don’t like Mike Bobo? Think Hutson Mason should be starting ahead of Aaron Murray? Believe Mark Richt sucks as Georgia’s head coach? Fine, fine and fine. Lay it on us. Just don’t repeat the same arguments in support of it over and over and over again. It’s boring and worse, it turns off others from participating. Believe me, we all got your point that Murray’s never won a game on Thursday nights against a ranked opponent wearing blue uniforms the seventeenth time you brought it up. And you didn’t need to hijack a comment thread on an entirely different subject to get our attention about it, either.
- The “Thomas Brown” Affair. Granted, his was a special case, but really, if you don’t think I’m going to have a problem with you cutting and pasting a rant the length of a short story you posted on another blog here, just try me.
I’m not giving second chances for this sort of stuff any more and I won’t give warnings again. Those of you who are better at catching this than I’ve been on occasion, please let me know by email. I promise I’ll take care of it promptly.
And now, I return you to your regularly scheduled grousing. GATA!