Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Comments on Comments

We here at FITS get a lot of comments - and that's a good thing.

Your opinions, ideas, diatribes, insults, input, criticisms and all that other mother jazz is precisely why we're here, and the second a blog starts infringing on your right to speak your piece, well, that's the second that blog quits belonging to you.

This is precisely why FITS maintains a very liberal comment moderation standard, allowing people to post anonymously and publishing pretty much everything that gets submitted. In fact, in the entire history of this blog, we've only rejected two comments out of the hundreds we've received - and both were instances in which someone's identity was deliberately hijacked. Nor do we bother tracking down IP addresses or trying to figure out who people are - it's just none of our business, to be perfectly honest.

We're not changing our policies either, because we figure if you are a real person with a real thought who can type it into a computer, then you deserve to be heard (even if your name is Will Folks).

Having said all of that, things can (and do) get pretty personal on the comment pages sometimes, and people's feelings can (and do) get hurt - which ain't cool.

We're here primarily to make you laugh, and every once in awhile to make you think. It's entertainment, people. What we're not here to do is make you cry, though, and we don't think you should be here trying to make other people cry, either. And while we can't (and won't) stop anonymous commenters from posting whatever the heck they want to say about other people, remember when you're typing that those other people do have feelings (well, most of them anyway) and that while you may not have to put your name on what you write today, St. Peter's gonna ask you about it someday.

"I think it's about forgiveness," Don Henley once sang, and we at FITS think all of us could probably stand to have a little bit more of it in our lives.

Alright, we're stepping off the soapbox now. You may resume the bloodletting if you want, like we said, we're not gonna stop ya.


Blogger JFH said...


Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

6:57 PM

Blogger Earl Capps said...

Since most of the low-blow postings have no identified source attached to them, that says all I need to know about both the message and messenger.

I'm starting to let approve some of the drivel the chicken-salads post on my blog. crap like that is almost always good for a laugh!

8:53 PM

Blogger Laurin Manning said...


I don't mean to get preachy, but I'm not sure that defamatory comments are merely a matter of hurt feelings. This is a virtually unchartered territory of libel law, but I think a compelling case can be made that a blog administrator must answer for all of the content published on his site, whether he wrote it or not.

As you know, it's much easier to get away with publishing defamatory statements about public figures than it is about private figures -- the standard of proof being "actual malice" for defaming a public figure. Attacks against private citizens (such as those about my friend Rebecca Dulin in the post below -- assertions that you and I both know to be false) are another matter entirely. As your compadre in the SC blogosphere, I'm just advising you to be careful.

See Section 16-7-150 of the South Carolina Code of Laws

7:22 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Nor do we bother tracking down IP addresses or trying to figure out who people are - it's just none of our business, to be perfectly honest."

Unless, of course, Laurin Manning tells us who you are. Then we've got The State on speed-dial, baby!

9:00 AM

Blogger faithinsound said...

Miss Manning-

Thanks for the pointers ... we all have a lot to learn from the Queen.


10:09 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

will why dont you just quit sleeping with so many girls??? it would probably lower your problems significantly

10:29 AM

Blogger The Body Politic - Joshua Gross said...

*steering this back to the debate at hand...*

I tend to view comments on my blog as a place for others to vent about what I've posted. More often than not, I actually make more comments on other people's blogs than on my own (I mean, really... if I wanted to say it, I'd say it on the blog, not the comments...)

That being said, I've tried to follow a simple "you can say whatever you want as long as it's not obscene or commercially unrelated" policy. As such, the only comments I've removed are "bot" posts (lemon-law...) and an obscenity filled tirade from someone who will remain nameless.

I agree with Earl -- I get enough bizarre moonbat comment posts that I leave them up to show the world what nutjobs they are. And they're good for a laugh. I really could do without all the personal attack crap, though...

jfh: now Go AWAY or I shall TAUNT you a SECOND TIME!!!

12:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

FITS (Will) is just trying to cover for one of his girlfriends. How sweet. What's the matter, "Sic Willie" - too many mistresses and not enough time?

1:19 PM


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