Earlier today I published a post about free speech and how it is so often being abused by those too rude or ignorant to treat people with a modicum of respect. In response to my post, I had two rude comments from my old friend Scott (sklawlor), not unexpectedly. Last week, I asked Scott to please do us both a favour and stop reading my blog. I warned that if he continued, I would censor or ban his comments. Well, he continued, and as I mulled over whether to completely ban him or simply send all his future comments to moderation, I noticed a comment from another reader, Professor Taboo, with a link to his post of December 2019 about “appropriate censorship of bigoted non-sensical comments here by indecent comments by indecent, childish Commenters”. In his post, which I encourage each of you to read, the Prof suggests a list of nine “Rules of Conduct” for bloggers and commenters, and in his comment, he suggests that it would, at this point, be perfectly reasonable for me to censor the commenter who cannot control his rudeness, who cannot seem to speak intelligently and respectfully.
I have picked up a few haters from time to time, one who even threatened to find me and kill me, but never has one been as persistent as Scott. At this time, I have decided to take Professor Taboo’s sage advice and moderate all comments from the person who has basically violated all nine rules of conduct! As I am not a government entity, but merely a blogger, I am well within my rights to do so, just as Twitter was within its rights to ban the former guy and others. If I followed the ‘three strikes’ rule, this person would have been censored long before now.
I will leave Scott’s comments from this morning alone, but future comments will not be welcomed nor published unless or until he learns that all-important word, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”. Thank you, Professor Taboo, for helping and advising! And thank you, dear readers, for your patience as I have allowed this to go on for far too long.