Today I have had to ban two long term blog readers from posting comments on the blog as they had repeatedly posted offensive and potentially libellous comments even after they had been asked privately to cease.
The comment facility is open to all. It is sometimes a source of useful information; fellow readers help each other out with something or other; and at times it can be a forum for animated debate. There are occasions when fellow readers will argue passionately about some minor fact, and often come close to blows, but on nearly all occasions people know where to draw the line. All good knock-about fun. In the case of these two individuals they forgot the rules and did not play nicely with the other children.
I am able to see all comments and will not tolerate any behaviour that is these days called ‘inappropriate’ ie just plain bad. You can debate as much and as hard as you like, but I will not tolerate any comments that are racist, homophobic, insulting or libellous. These are red lines and I will apply a zero tolerance policy. If you are asked by me or another reader to desist, remove a comment, or apologise then please take stock, think about it, and act in a way that respects others, and also very importantly respects Paddy’s memory.
If anyone has any issue with what I have said, or wishes to seek further clarification please contact me through any of the usual channels including the comment facility.