Short answer – No, you can’t.
Why ? I am responsible for the content on my blog, legally responsible as well as ethically and morally responsible.
I only publish content AND COMMENTS that I am congruent with. So I won’t publish an article on the ill treatment of the natives of a small fishing village in outskirts of nowhere, because I am NOT CONGRUENT WITH IT, I’ve never been there I don’t know all the facts, and perhaps I’m not interested in them either. Perhaps they HATE English people, in which case I probably couldn’t care less about their predicament.
I asked a commenter recently to re-read my disclaimer, asked them to desist from being argumentative and stop being irrelevant in their commenting. They then had the gall to tell me I was being more argumentative than they were. Then continues on with her irrelevant commenting.
Also the comments were politically motivated, and I don’t support the politics either way. I won’t be strong armed or manipulated with “clever” wording into supporting a political movement that I’m agnostic to. I understand how political manipulators work – they want as quickly as possible into a loyalty conversation (you being loyal to them), might even be the start of the conversation. I do not give my support when someone tries to strong arm me into being loyal to any cause. I may choose after careful consideration, to support because I so choose, but not to make the person or the movement happy or because they tried to guilt me or force me to support. Not gonna happen not ever, in fact your more likely to strengthen my resolve and push me into the anti-side. It’s called integrity on my side. It’s called manipulative on the persuaders side.
Smart politicians use charm and charisma, they speak slowly and confidently, have patience, take time, it’s confidence that comes from true strength. Bully-manipulative-moron politicians are weak so they try to use strong arm tactics to attempt to force one’s allegiance as quickly as possible before the manipulated party realises they’ve sworn allegiance to a house of cards or they’ve been robbed of all their valuables. These people are extremists, leaches, manipulators, thieves and haters – generally most able minded people can see what’s going on, and don’t enjoy it happening to them or others.
Bottom line, I can’t be argumentative on MY BLOG, what I say goes, full stop/period. For the above already given reasons at the beginning. If I say “stop being argumentative” or “stop being irrelevant”, it’s not a request, it’s not thrown open to the floor for a debate, we’re not going to setup a meeting and discuss it over tea and biscuits or coffee and a chat. It means stop doing it, or no further of your comments will be published. It’s my house stop doing that in my house, or get out of it. CEASE, DESIST, NOW – not when you feel like it.
BOTTOM LINE – Be polite and relevant or f*** off, really. Wankers. (SORRY FOR THE BAD LANGUAGE, my tourettes plays up from time to time)
One of the best moves I’ve ever made on my blog is switching my comments to manual approval. I read every comment anyway, but the advantage is that I have absolute power over which comments get published and which don’t. Someone who wants to argue or troll, just never sees the light of day, rendering their efforts largely pointless. I’m simply not interested in rude, argumentative and manipulative commenters, AND NEITHER ARE MOST OTHERS IN THE WORDPRESS BLOGGING COMMUNITY.
PLEASE DO UNDERSTAND THAT 99.99% OF MY COMMENTS ARE FROM GENUINE GOOD HEARTED PEOPLE, WITH INTELLIGENT THOUGHTFUL THINGS TO ADD – THIS IS A TINY FRACTION I’M TALKING ABOUT HERE.
I can’t see there’s much to add, so over to you guys …
PS (Kylie Minogue is my celeb name for this post … for fun you may think up a tenuous connection if you like, please keep it clean and respectful, otherwise I may not be able to post)
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Notes for commenters:
Comments are invited. BUT you are reminded that this is a public blog and you are also reminded to think before you press the “post comment” button.
Good manners are a mark of a charismatic person – so please keep comments civil, non-argumentative, constructive and related, or they will be moderated. If you feel you can’t comply, press the “unfollow” button and/or refrain from commenting.
I read ALL comments but can’t always reply. I will comment if I think there’s something that I can add to what you’ve said. I do delete without notice comments that don’t follow rules above. For persistent offenders I will ignore you permanently and/or report you.
Most decent people already know how to behave respectfully. Thank you for your co-operation on the above.
Warm regards, Don Charisma