As you can see this is not a big site. I don’t post regularly (unfortunate but true…). My visitors mainly ask additional questions regarding my tutorials, eventually, request more help. Till recently I have never had any bad, offensive comment made intentionally. Of course, there alwasy is the normal level of spam comments and trackbacks, but thanks to the nice folks who author anti-spam plugins, that is taken care of automatically.
Now, a few days ago I was forced to think whether I need a “commenting policy” or not.
As many of my readers know I was born and lived for a long time in a place where the freedom of speech was just a distant dream. You could end up in jail not only for trying to speak up, but even just telling a good (political) joke to the wrong person. With such a background it might be understandable that I don’t feel like censoring people’s comments. So, when I started this blog — and many others — I thought the common sense sould be enough for “policy”. I am offering here free tutorials and tips for using WordPress, and I don’t debate and discuss controversial political issues that might incite high passions. I was sure I don’t need any rules for the commenters.
Unfortunately, a distinguished professor of mine was right telling me that the common sense is the least common.
If somebody comes here from another site (following a link) just to post comments that contain personal attacks and offensive remarks, my tolerance suddenly starts shrinking. Really, do I have to tolerate comments that are not related to the topic of the post, just giving me lectures or offending me? Should I let them appear in the name of the free speech… on my own site?
Well, I won’t. Period. I don’t want to fight and argue with anybody. And, definitely, I will not argue with idiots.
P.S. To all the WP users that come here to find some ideas or help: please, don’t hesitate for a moment and do comment, ask questions, give suggestions! The rant above is not about you…