A New Comments Policy
I am a fan of keeping discussions as open and unmoderated as possible.
But in a discussion yesterday, one commenter called me “so vastly ridiculous as to be every satirist’s dream” and said that “anyone reasonable would see that I take God seriously and I take you lightly.” If this had been said of anyone else, I would have deleted it, but I left it up since it was about me. (I don’t want to ignore critiques.)
However, I received emails from three separate individuals saying they thought this went too far, and asking that comments on this site be kept more on-topic and more respectful. A rule of thumb in customer service is that if three people care enough to email, chances are they speak for 30 or 300 who are thinking the same thought. And as I thought about it, I realized they were right. So, right above the comment box, you will now see our new comment policy. It’s clear and concise:
Ground rules: Don’t attack or belittle groups or fellow posters. Do keep comments positive, constructive, and on topic. (Move off-topic discussions to our open threads.)
Occasional jokes or comments that are only tangentially related are fine, provided the exchange only goes for two or three comments at most.
I trust that I successfully avoided belittling those with whom I disagree. Yet I admit to and apologize for contributing to the off-topic detour yesterday. To be clear, I am not ashamed of my worldview, or of my attempts to carefully apply the Bible’s principles to all areas of life. Yet I recognize that even if the comments section is the venue where my worldview is challenged, that doesn’t necessarily make it the venue to defend it.
This site has had well over 25,000 (approved) comments; 99% or more would have fit within these new guidelines. Thank you for making this one of the friendliest places to discuss Southern Gospel. Let’s keep it that way! On to the next 25,000!