Friday, May 13, 2016
Despite what some of you seem to think, I have no aversion to "off-topic" comments.
What makes me sigh is a long sequence of them, as two or three of my more earnest commenters debate something they think interesting, barely tangential to the theme of the post, overshadowing any relevant points the rest of you might make. It doesn't happen often, thankfully, but it annoys me, and I sometimes then make the mistake of telling you this.
It's a mistake because it makes many of you think your voice isn't welcome, which it is, but you no longer contribute. And it's a mistake because it doesn't actually get the tiny minority responsible to mute themselves, when appropriate, and they misconstrue my frustration as "a wee bit pretentious". It's really quite difficult to get the balance right.
I need to remember that most of you aren't reading the comments anyway, and that only I see every one of them as they ping in.
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