"Bollards," a Dublin Street Corner, June/July 1969, no copright
Today, there is a post on internet trolls by an apparently well know blogger that is causing all kinds of hubbub and fisticuffs because of the clear disagreement, lack of middle ground between readers on how disagreeable commenters should, paraphrasing the blogger's chorus, have no say.
Mrs. G. isn't trying to add fuel to this fire, but the subject of shitty comments has been on her mind for a while. By and large, she thinks she gets off pretty light in the shitty comment department. They show up here and there, sometimes they are hurtful but (with the exception of the whole nutjobs calling her house situation a couple of years ago) she is pretty good at shaking it off.
Lately, for a number of reasons, Mrs. G. has been considering eliminating the opportunity for readers to post anonymously, enabling comment moderation or making Derfwad Manor a private blog, but she keeps coming back to a core belief: She chooses to share her life and its stories on a public forum and it only seems reasonable that she deal with the mostly good and occasional bad. Preventing anonymous comments would deny many readers the chance to reach out and share honestly, and since Mrs. G. considers this a community blog, why stifle the community? She doesn't want to moderate comments because she knows she would approve 99% of comments, so why bother? Making the blog private is the most attractive option to her mainly because it would add an extra layer of privacy for readers (and Mrs. G's choice of topics) and that can't be a bad thing. Still, this blog has a fair amount of readers (new ones show up regularly) and Mrs. G. doesn't want to inadvertantly evolve into an exclusive club which arbitrarily picks and chooses who's in and who's out.
Lovers gonna love. Haters gonna hate. Life's gonna go on.
So, unless a commenter insults a member of Mrs. G's family or another reader, Mrs. G. has decided to let the shitty comments stand.
But the public/private option still lingers.