(This is a repeat of a comment I made on the last thread – take it seriously)
Honest to God folks – why in the world should I have to be the one to censor other adults? That is the ultimate act of telling me you have no regard for the time and effort, and costs, that it takes me to run this website and provide content for you.
Then on top of all that you guys act like children and turn me into a friggin’ Hall Monitor and make me come on this site for the rest of the day, like I have nothing else to do after writing for 3-4 hours in the morning, to check and make sure no one is offending anyone else with their crude language and negativity.
Forget the idea that heavy swearing makes your point any more valid – it doesn’t the way we’ve seen it. Crude does not equal smart.
How about this – ACT YOUR DAMN AGE!!!
I’m serious. I meet you guys in person, talk with you on the phone, exchange emails with you and I’m always damned impressed at the caliber of people I come in contact with that way… then you get on here and comment and are a different type all together.
It isn’t just UPitt either – the level of discourse is getting to be exactly want we all don’t want on here. I want this to be better than even the Blather was as far as civility and intelligent discussions go. If I don’t get that then what do I do?
I could delete the articles themselves – that’s sticking a sharp stick in my own eye after the hard work I do.
I could censor each comment – again, doing that makes me work at the computer way more than I am willing to do in my retirement years.
I could ban people – but I’m a liberal type that believes people have things to say and contribute.
Look, now especially, my “No Politics” rule is more important than ever because we all want somewhere we can go to get away from all the madness, mudslinging and crap that is in the news everyday now. I want that and you want that.
I refuse to drag that mess into my running of this blog.
I won’t censor but will advise. If that doesn’t work then I’ll do something else.
I try to remind all of you commenters that you are but one component of the whole here. We have thousands of readers per day and now I’m getting comments through the WordPress email system from those silent readers telling me that will leave the site if things don’t change.
But I will say this right now.
The minute the website and blog becomes a burden rather than a joy I will shut it down and immediately pay back all contributions.
Please don’t test that because the way I’ve been feeling after reading this tread of comments I’m starting to entertain those thoughts pretty seriously.
Grow up and censor yourself. Unless you have Written Tourette’s syndrome where a mental illness forces you to swear in public – and some people do have that – then you clean up your own acts.
You’ve officially pissed me off but good.