Monday, December 1, 2008

Leveling the Field

From Trent Disking
I've decided to turn off this blog's ability to accept anonymous comments. My decision to require that each commentator provide a valid email address before being allowed to comment is in part based on the recent appearance here of an insightful but, I thought, rudely-parsed anonymous comment , and the realization that since I put my name behind everything I write, the least that I can expect from commentators is a valid email address.

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.


Scotty said...

You have no problem here - it's a simple courtesy to identify oneself. On the other hand, be glad you get the traffic! ;-)

Gary Allen said...

With freedom comes responsibility.

It's perfectly acceptable for people to exercise their freedom of speech by taking a shot at someone -- no matter how crudely phrased -- as long as they are willing to stand still for the return volley.

blondee47 said...

Unfortunately, a sarcastic sense of humor or a comment meant to be harmless looses its lustre in the words written. I had that experience when I made what I thought was a harmless quirky comment on Grant's thanksgiving video and got slammed by a response from nick...who thought someone would be so sensitive - but in retrospect I guess he could have thought I was insulting....

fiat lux said...

your blog, your rules Bob. No complaints here.

Don Luis said...

Seems like a perfectly reasonable policy. It's a simple matter of mutual respect.

charcuteire said...

As Lux says.

Only problem is my handle changed.

Formerly ntsc

Bob said...

Now I have to check my gmail account every day.

And that's a good thing.

boberica said...

Thanx for clearing the air and clearing the space.
So much valid and valuable information gets printed here.
It's nice to know we'll not be tripping over the nonsense.
the other bob

IdahoRocks said...

I'm with ntsc but that's no problem, except that being a bit inept and having no time, I may appear as IdahoRocks or inlindaskitchen in some sort of random way. But I agree with what you're doing.

BTW, I know I can find out locally, but just out of curiousity, why do the calves have to be pulled so frequently at birth?

Bob del Grosso said...

I'm not sure why it is so common to pull a calf. I'm guessing that it's done because-like caesarian sections- it increases the percentage of live deliveries.

IdahoRocks said...

Hey Bob,
My Scottish Highland Beef friend said that he usually never has problems with birthing because they are a smaller animal than most other beef cattle. He added that the more specialized beef resulted in females being inseminated with sperm from unusually large males, thus resulting in calves too large for a normal birth.

he also said that many farmers are too impatient to wait for normal births and their unpridictable results leads to confusion in the marketplacd.

The result of this is that many calves are being pulled and that the pulling often results in a prolapsyed uterus, which means that the cow no longer is useful.

I would love to hear Trent's viewpoint.

PS If you brine those guinea fowl, wouldn't it make them useful for future dishes?

Robert said...

way to go. I think that is a great idea!