One of the things that happened when I bagged my blog for several months was that some old readers moved on, and some new ones turned up.
Sayonara, old readers! You have broken the Twisty heart, and I hate you for it.
Welcome, new readers! If you ever leave, I will hate you, too.
It is for the benefit of the latter (to hell with the former, since I hate them now) that I re-state some stuff about emailing and commenting and the like. Because lately more than the usual number of communiqués along the lines of the following have been turning up here and there:
Twisty, question for you? How do you moderate your discussion on these comments. A few of these peoples are suggesting that you have removed some of their posts. I guess I am curious as to why. I have read what your blog is about, and I understand if these comments aren’t helpful, why put them on there. But isn’t airing out some of these comments the best way to deal with possibly inconsistencies in our thinking, or explain why we agree or disagree with something?
There seems to be a growing suspicion that I am “censoring” comments or am singling out blamers for the heave-ho treatment. No, no, no. At least, mostly no.
Educational information about commenting and comment moderation at I Blame the Patriarchy can be found here, here, and here. Naturally, since I personally wrote all the stuff in those links, it’s pretty wordy, so, in a nutshell:
The moderation process is largely automated. For a list of criteria that enmoderationalize comments, click here (and scroll down past all the wordiness).
From the moderation queue I generally only prune out comments that
— do not exhibit advanced patriarchy-blaming chops
— do not express philosophic value
— are wildly off-topic
— are unintelligible
— are spam
— are antifeminist
— are “what about the men?”
— annoy me in some way that I can’t quite put my finger on
So if yours cannot be described by any of the above, just sit tight, and I’ll get to it sooner or later. Say, within a day or two.
Furthermore, lately I am messing around with the blog software. If you try to post when the blog is temporarily offline, I suspect your comment will float away into the aether.
I implore you not to take it personally if your comment doesn’t show up. Unless of course I have deleted it because it sucked. There’s really no way to not take that personally. Even though I don’t know you from Chet Blodzinsky.
There, you see, there is no need to email me about your lost comment!