It has been only four months since the last blog review and I didn’t think I would need to post this. I have been reading through threads since the last review and trying to decide how to proceed. I have noted a few comments where posters stated that they are busy. That is making a difference to the flow of comments. I have considered shutting down this blog since there are only a few regular posters. But I am also aware that this site provides a free speech platform to those who want to come here and share news, opinions, links, humour, anything.
Is it worth running a blog if there are only a few contributors and the blog goes dead or silent most of the time? Shut it down or keep it open? I have been trying to decide how to proceed. For now, it is Yes, as long as there are a few who prefer a quiet space to chat and post and this blog suits their style.
Since we do not have many commenters, I had a compromise plan to have only one Open Thread for each month. But I’ve taken on board the feedback that we start threads afresh regularly, so I will continue with the weekly Open Threads. This plan will be revised if there isn’t enough interest. If you want the blog to continue please support the regular commenters otherwise they probably think that they are talking to themselves 🤔. If you visit this blog and value its content, it doesn’t seem fair to expect a few to be the only ones who post comments to keep the show going.
If you want a d**khead-free zone to share, chat, post, rant, this space is open for you. Many occasional posters may find it strange and feel they are being ignored if they do not get a response to their comment and there is no Like/Upvote button to provide feedback. As the regulars are aware, if you want to participate or share something, just post it without expecting a response. If someone wants to reply they can do so, otherwise it gets read, quietly. This is just the nature of this blog.
The blog has a clear set of rules. Treat the site and its users with respect. Other than that, you can post anything. You can debate or disagree. You can have different opinions and views. I would much rather close down this site because we don’t have commenters who want to use it, than run a blog where abuse, swearing, name-calling, insults and accusations are acceptable because it is “free speech” or because controversy helps the blog traffic or enforcing rules will make me unpopular.
I do not want us to have on this blog personal criticism or abuse either of those here or those with whom we have, in the past, shared a common Catallaxy blog. Do not come here to criticise other Cat blogs or Cats who post there. If you have a problem with them, this is not the place to take it up. Other than that, it is a free speech site. If you want to criticise, make fun of, call out or ridicule politicians, governments, big blogs and sites, MSM, social media, UN, WEF, celebrities, woke, sports, or any other, go ahead. (But not the legal hassles-defamatory kind, please!)
Now that we only have commenters who follow the rules and self-moderate before posting, it is easy for me to just let the blog run without having to check and moderate. I am thankful for this. We are all busy people and I don’t want to have to spend my time checking and moderating comments.
If you want to write a post for the blog, email me at the Admin address. If you have suggestions, post them on the threads.
BTW, the Report comment link is for the purpose of reporting comments that break the rules: abuse of commenters, defamatory statements or general d**kheads. It is NOT for reporting comments that You disagree with. If you do not like or agree with a comment that is posted, be brave and post a response stating your opinion or reasons. Those of you who are just lurking and clicking the Report comment link, it is pointless. I just ignore those reports as no comments in the past month have broken any rules. It is a free speech blog not an echo chamber. Keep to the rules and you are free to post anything.
Some of you may still not be aware of this. A reminder about the time delay bug – it is annoying but can’t be fixed. If you are not a Registered commenter, remember to check the Save my name ….. box before posting comments (even if you are only posting one comment) otherwise your posted comment will not be visible to you immediately after posting.