I Hate Moderating Comments

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It’s interesting that a post about a state worker potentially misusing computer resources is the genesis of this post, because my job puts constraints on my ability to moderate comments on the site. During the school day, I not only can’t do anything related to the blog, but I wouldn’t, because I simply don’t have time.

I do occasionally moderate comments after I get home, but I hate to think about some of them sitting on the site for hours during the day, because there is nothing I can do about them.

And that’s why I’m asking commenters here to please try to remember a few guidelines. You can be acerbic, direct, bitter, and cynical. You can criticize people and tear down public figures. All fair game.

What’s not are personal attacks, sexism, racism, or homophobic rhetoric, to name a few things. If you want that, watch a Republican debate in South Carolina.

I love the idea of discourse that can happen online, but let’s try to keep it a bit more reasonable. Okay?

Now I’m off to moderate a few comments.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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