Lately I’ve found that I spend a lot of time moderating posts that are simply back and forth arguments between just a few people whom have inflexible points of view. Often the discussion turns a bit testy. I’ve had to give some folks (on both sides of the debate) a time out the last couple of days. While the visitors of this blog (on both sides of the debate) are often more courteous than on some other blogs I’ve seen, it still gets tiresome moderating the same arguments between the same people again and again.
I’ve come to the conclusion that much of this is wasted effort.
Notice this entry has no ability to comment. Given the daily effort that is required by myself and the volunteer moderators, to moderate these arguments, I’m asking everyone to think a bit about that and think about ways that you can simply concede and move on, rather than prolonging arguments that go nowhere. Discussion is good, entrenchment buries the scope of thought.
UPDATE: For a fresh perspective on the role of blogging, see this article in the Atlantic by Andrew Sullivan. I’ve decided to open comments now, mainly because of that article. – Anthony