Let me start out by saying that I really do appreciate all of you for taking the time to share your thoughts on this site. I couldn’t be more pleased that this site’s content has the potential to generate what are often lengthy threads. But there is a downside.
First, I have to moderate your comments and that can be time consuming. Some of you may be aware that I do things other than blog. My bigger concern, however, is that quite often lengthy threads get sidetracked by readers who wish to do little more than hijack the site for their own purposes. Their goals have nothing to do with engaging others and they often have nothing to do with the subject of my post.
This is going to change. I already have little patience for comments that are not posted under real names. Moving forward I will have even less patience. If your comment deviates in ways that I am uncomfortable with it will be deleted without notice. If if continues commenters will be banned permanently. I am also going to reign in people who insult others. There is absolutely no justification for this.
Understand that this has nothing to do with whether you tend to agree with me. I’ve said before that I prefer thoughtful and challenging comments. From an outsider’s point-of-view it might be impressive to see a post with close to 100 comments attached, but from my perspective it means little if it fails to add meaningfully to the post.
Thank you for your understanding.
On a brighter note: The 10-year anniversary re-design of Civil War Memory will be unveiled any day now.