Here is the problem: If you open something, say a blog, up to everyone, then idiots will come along and destroy what you are trying to create. That is a certainty for any creative effort that is not from the progressive left.
Some of you seem to be suffering from the delusion that Catallaxy threads are a sort of completely open service to which anyone, anyone at all may add anything they like.
This is untrue. Dover has very carefully decided who to let in and who to exclude. Your very first comment here went straight into moderation.
And very wise he is to do so too.
If you understand THAT, then maybe your stupid grumblings are that it is me doing the deciding on the threads that I author. Maybe you think the rule is “Once Dover lets us in, it’s access all areas”. You may certainly take that up with him.
But don’t suffer under the illusion that I am doing anything different from what is always done everywhere. It might be done more seamlessly or with a facade of kindness, or acceptability in that it looks like it is done in line with some generally accepted standards, but it is always being done. You just don’t like it that I’m making an issue of doing it to you, have taken the cowling off the mechanism so you can see it being done in real time, and am deliberately doing it really hard and rough. Because I’m a bastard.
Perhaps because so many of us have for so long been doing this on various versions of the Cat, you think there is some conventions which have developed to which I am bound. Horseshit, I say to that.
Here’s a further explanation of the problem. If you only let in those you LIKE, and don’t then hold them to a standard, whatever standard, because you LIKE them, isn’t that called something like nepotism? Doesn’t that also lead to the types of “in” discussions that pollute so much of Catallaxy? I don’t want that shit on the things I author. Take it to the open thread.
Wouldn’t you rather know that your effort got through someone who really doesn’t like anyone? Or is the tribalism so, so damn strong in you all that what you’re really after is the sense of belonging?
Well don’t bloody look to me for that. I’d rather let through a fantastic argument by someone I hate than do that revolting thing of joining a club. Actually, if I like you, I’m more inclined to shitcan you, because friendships need to be tested to destruction.
You have one hour to propose your solution to the problem outlined above: How to stop idiots from destroying a joint creative effort like a blog.
It isn’t a trivial or simple problem. Don’t conflate it with what is happening in places that promote themselves as platforms but which are instead acting as editors. Don’t confuse it with what is coming down the line at you: You getting thrown off PLATFORMS because you are politically undesirable. You not being employed. You not being able to trade. You not being able to do banking. Because of your politics. Don’t get confused. Get the arguments straight in your head, because the progressive left want them confused.
Stupid comments will this time be deleted without their tiny little corpses left strung up as indications that they existed in the first place. If there are zero comments after an hour, either no one cares or every comment was remorselessly eliminated as authored by idiots.