I vacated the TalkBCC Forum when it first showed signs of getting ugly. It got much, much uglier thereafter.
Turns out my friend Ben, who set up the board, was out of town for a few days and was not able to moderate. Now he is back -- thankfully -- and has stepped in to enforce civility. Consequently, hardly anyone is posting there anymore. (sigh)
Also, more dissenters are commenting here. That is fine, of course, since comments are open and I even allow anonymity. But maybe we should talk a bit about what exactly a weblog ("blog") is, because I think more than a few of you don't really get the medium.
For starters, a blog is not a forum or message board. It is not a neutral space. If you haven't noticed yet, all posts are composed by little ol' me. I registered the url, I set up the page, and I host the conversation. In traditional blogospheric terms, you are not in a public square engaging in free speech when you come to this blog; you are in my virtual living room. You are not here by right; you are here by privilege.
This might be a good time to revisit the BCC is Broken Site and Commenting Policy.
I welcome debate, and I've even allowed accusations and insults against me personally. But while I will allow "arguments," I won't allow argumentativeness. Throw in "badgering" too, by which I mean repeating the same indignant comment over and over again. That is what we bloggers call "trollish" behavior. Don't be a troll. (And to other commenters: Don't feed the trolls.)
To repeat: You don't have a right to say anything here. You have an invitation; commenting is a privilege. It is one I will revoke if I need to.
So ask yourself why you're here. Is it just to argue? Is it just to let me know you think I'm stupid or unfair or judgmental?
For folks on both "sides": Are you genuinely interested in conversation, even if spirited, that has at its center following Jesus in community?
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
-- Colossians 4:6