You’ll notice that sometimes I don’t allow comments on a post. That’s usually because the post is primarily composed of someone else’s work, or because someone’s given me permission to use its contents. I turn off comments for these posts because it doesn’t seem fitting to expose someone who’s been nice enough to let me use their stuff to the risk of nasty comments.
Something I’ve said, or something that’s been posted on the Internet for all to see, is one thing. But when we’re dealing with someone who gave permission, and who didn’t actively seek out this forum, common courtesy demands they be shielded from insults. Now the situation would be different if I could count on respectful, substantive commentary (which is what 98% of my readers deliver). But alas, as experience proves, you can’t always count on civility, or people knowing how to disagree without being disagreeable. As Eric Hoffer once said: "rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength."
If you disagree with this policy, your objection is hereby duly noted. Start your own blog, and run the comments however you wish. (But soon after, you will see my point. Trust me.) If you disagree with this policy because it inhibits your ability to post ad hominem attacks and snide insults, go away. This blog is run on the principle of enlightened absolutism, not democracy. I reserve the right to delete any comment which I find pointlessly offensive. I’ve already had to remove one comment that contained defamatory remarks. Of course, I only have to "disappear" comments once in a blue moon. Let’s keep it that way.