The History of the German Press "No Ethnicity" Policy
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I Will Not Delete Comments At Your Request

Commenters sometimes ask me to delete some of their previous comments, or other peoples' comments.

I am not going to do that. Let me repeat points I've made a few times, but which apparently need to be made again and again:

  • This blog is a private, non-profit hobby run by exactly one person, me. I have no staff, no helpers, no assistants.
  • I like having a comments section and am usually amused and stimulated by what goes on there, because the vast majority of commenters have something interesting to say.
  • Many comments contain points of view with which I strongly disagree and are phrased in ways I wouldn't choose myself. I let them stand anyway because they contribute a point of view to the discussion.
  • I have a real job, and therefore a limited amount of time to work on this side hobby.
  • What little time I do have I put into writing new stuff
  • I have neither the time nor the inclination to search through thousands of past comments to find ones which someone regrets having posted, or which they think is inappropriate.

Yet if a comment comes to my attention which I don't like, I reserve the right to delete any comment, at any time, for any reason, at my sole and unappealable discretion. Period. This blog is not a democracy; if I find a comment crosses the line, I will nuke it.

I define the line, and I don't do so in any consistent way. Nor do I read every single comment ever posted here. I have only deleted a very few comments during the life of this blog. If you ask me nicely, I might explain why I did so, or I may ignore your question. I am ignoring it not because I dislike you, but because I have only a limited time to work on this blog, and I would rather spend it creating new posts than adjudicating disputes about old posts.

I suspect you would rather I spend my time that way as well.

So, with that in mind, feel free to comment away. But please do not ask or expect me to intervene in the comments section. Handle it yourselves.

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