|From Trent Disking|
I'll be candid. I have very little patience for rude comments, and when they occur -no matter how true or insightful they might be- I want to have the option of emailing the writer directly to try to work things out with him/her without having to drag anyone else into the discussion. Of course, I could just delete comments that annoy me. But I won't do that. In fact, the only type of comment I have ever deleted is one that directly insults or threatens someone. Besides, just because a comment is annoying, it does not naturally follow that it is not welcome and potentially enlightening.
I realize that someone who wants to be nasty here, but is too timid to say who they really are, can always find a way to avoid having to confront me by posting via a proxy server or simply not answering me when I email them. But I'll just have to live with that possibility.
Please don't misunderstand my intentions here. I'm not trying to censure anyone. All I hope to do is to provide myself (and Mike Pardus) with the potential to work things out in private.
Update: It seems that it is possible to comment here without providing an email address. No matter, I'm going to continue to keep the anonymous comment feature switched off.