I spent a pleasant New years eve, eating a meal with my relatives and generally socializing as most of us I am sure did.
A quick check of this blog before for lunch this morning revealed the comments from New Years eve were not of the standard we expect at TBR - in fact they were plain moronic and insulting. There were nearly one hundred of them, Nothing of value had been added to the posts, in fact one commenter lamented that on a discussion taking place, one he had an interest in and had much to contribute had been ruined by all of this.
I decided to clean the posts concerned up something I hate to do. I was fairly ruthless and removed all comments that in anyway seemed to be stoking the fire. This problem has occurred on two other New Zealand blogs during the past couple of weeks to my certain knowledge and has been a source of grief there as well.
Some New Zealand blogs have killed comments entirely to prevent this sort of thing- a tragedy, blogs thrive on comments and are generally the better for them.
TBR has a commenting policy - it can be read here.
The reason for bringing this forward in a post is that one individual posted many comments under several different names including comments posted using the names of other regular commenters.
I know who you are - I have your name and even photograph of you. It was very tempting to post both along with all the identities you have used in the past week or so. However I have no desire to humiliate you nor add fuel to the fire of a flame war. Nor do I wish in any way give any appearance of taking sides in this nonsense.
Be warned - any repeat of this behavior will see you banned and any comment you post edited to replace your text with the reason as to why.
But I really have better things to do with my time than referee flame wars.
I suggest a new years resolution for 2008 - lets try and keep debate on TBR's threads polite and respectful though robust and debate ideas on their merits not get into endless and boring ad hominum.
With that I wish a happy new year to all our commenters and readers.