I’ll keep this simple: as much as I enjoy blogging, I hate policing the comments section. It’s a lather, rinse, repeat experience. Folks cross a line, I complain, announce steps in response, the guilty parties promise to turn over a new leaf, but are soon back to doing the same old things. No matter what, some of y’all won’t change. So, I give up. It’s time to cull the herd.
Here on out, there are no more warnings. No more time outs. You cross a line — if there’s one thing I can confidently say, it’s that nobody has the excuse of not knowing where the lines are — and I will stop it permanently. Whether that means closing a comment thread, deleting a particular comment, banning a particular commenter or some combination of those, that’s what’ll happen, depending on the moment.
It’s a shame that some who don’t respect the ground rules are the same people whose comments I most enjoy reading and engaging with, but I no longer care. I’m not going to try to coax y’all to moderate your behavior. Life’s too short. If you want to discuss irrelevant topics or inflame others, my advice would be to find other forums to pursue those interests. But that’s entirely up to you. Until it isn’t, that is.
Also, the Playpen under its current format is finished. It’s outlived its purpose of being a heat sink to keep comment threads on other posts clean, so there’s no reason to continue with it. There will be some sort of Playpen going forward, if only because I get some good topic suggestions from readers via email, but staying on topic in the comments will be the rule there, too.
GTP is about Georgia football and college football. (Not to mention the occasional Musical Palate Cleanser.) That’s not to say outside matters like politics don’t sometimes enter into the discourse; I can’t discuss player compensation outside of politics, for example. However, that’s not an invitation to show your ass about Biden, Trump, the VA, or any other subject you feel it’s important to get off your chest, regardless of the post topic. Nor is this a place for personally insulting others who take the time to comment, just because they have the audacity to disagree with your world view.
And with that, back to regular posting again.