UPDATE: Comments: an open and shut case

(UPDATE: Deacon Greg adds this post to the discussion linked below.)

Over at his Bench, Deacon Greg has shut down his comboxes for at least a week, maybe longer. You might be interested in reading why he's made this decision.

I'm grateful that I don't often need to moderate comments on this page. When I do, it's because in my judgment a comment violates the Think Before You Write paragraph on the side bar. There are times when I'd like to be able to get back to someone who has submitted a comment I've chosen not to publish but many of my commenters have only "screen name" identities and I don't have email access to them.

Deacon Greg notes that he may "think twice about some of the stories and news items that he post(s) as well." I've done the same here. Other blogs and sites do a fine job of reporting news in the Church world and I don't need to duplicate their efforts on my page. I've also steered away from some topics which will elicit some fairly predictable response because I don't have the time to be a referee moderating theological differences or to filter every comment through the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

I think a wise choice has been made at The Deacon's Bench - let's see what comes of it.

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  1. I have found Beliefnet to be very difficult and have actually stopped using it as a resource for anything...and I used to really like it.
    I agree anonimity is not a good thing...we must take some responsibility for what we say!
    Honestly, I am not interested in reading a blog where the host has to become a referee. I am hoping Deacon Greg will migrate away from Beliefnet to another blog location...


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