One of the good things about having a blog is that I get to set the rules here. Like ‘em or not, they’re the rules. Don’t like ‘em? Don’t read the blog. It’s pretty simple.
I bring this up because lately there has been a person who has commented on several items, and on a couple of them he’s resorted to name-calling and other behavior not welcome here. Other than the one where he called me a “jerk,” which I left — I’ve been called much worse, chances are by much better people — I have deleted the others that were pretty much unacceptable.
So, “Ryan” — if that’s your real name — and everyone else who cares to read this blog, commit this to memory: You want to discuss and debate issues here? Fine, go at it. Want to participate in name-calling and other trolltard behavior? Get the fuck out. Now.
It’s pretty simple, folks. Rule 1: Keep it civil and you’re welcome to stick around. Rule 2: No name-calling, period. Rule 3. I have the final say because it’s my blog, period. When you have a blog of your own, you can make up whatever rules you want.
I’m glad we had this little talk.
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(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)