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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

just a reminder to be cool in comments

I feel like I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time over the last few days policing comments. I don’t like having to do that. I don’t like having to ask people to stay on topic. I don’t like having to delete comments (which I’ve done) that clearly are not spam but clearly ARE people being assholes trying to rile up me or my readers.

It’s really simple. I don’t mind swearing. I don’t mind provocation. I don’t mind people who disagree with me (as long as you explain yourself and don’t just tell me I’m retarded). What I do mind are comments that are not truly related to whatever I’ve posted. If the gist of my posting is “Hey, X is cool/X sucks/what the fuck is up with X?” and your comment is “But YZ is dumb,” that’s not on topic.

It’s really not that hard.

My hope with comments is to start a conversation related to each posting. If you wander in like the nerd raised by wolves and try to turn the direction of the conversation around to whatever you think is cool, I will smack you down… and I may delete your comment entirely, and without warning. My tolerance for off-topic comments is rapidly being worn out.

If you want to talk about whatever it is you think is cool, start your own site. If you want to join the conversation here, grab a drink, pull up a chair, and have at it.



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