I remember the day when you didn't moan about what people commented about on your blog, DG.
You have a super, intelligent, engaging blog which is blessed with people that clearly repeatedly like to come back and regularly comment.
So what if the comments stray off topic, or are in reply about some of the comments themselves?
This is what I would call a discussion, a conversation! And it's so sad that in recent months you've become so grumpy that you do moan about what people comment about, rather than be happy with the fact that people feel inclined to comment. Not many blogs nowadays have such a loyal following and readership.
TimF | 12.05.16 - 6:51 p.m.
As someone else said to me recently, comments here are now much more of a "my train's longer than your train" variety, and much less fun, or discursive, than they used to be.
But, if comments/commentators are chastised/deleted/'ridiculed', that's unfortunately what happens. Most of those who don't like this modus operandi have long gone, I suspect, which is why I was just dropping in my analysis of the situation, as someone who stuck around, despite feeling uncomfortable about the situation.
As ever, though, the blog writer has a right to their own 'rules' (and to the consequences thereof).