26 August 2006 by Published in: Blogging 4 comments

At the risk of sounding rude and/or ungrateful….

This is my blog. This is where I get to rant. You, my readers, also get to rant in the comments.

However, that privilege is not absolute. Nobody gets to make personal attacks in the comments, and nobody gets to shanghai them for their own agenda.

What I will not do is spend what little precious free time I have moderating my own blog. When I started this, that was never within the realm of contemplation, and I am not willing to do it. Likewise, the abuse of the comments section is not something that I will tolerate. My way of dealing with problems is to eliminate them. If the comments continue to be a problem, I will eliminate the problem by disabling the comments. That is neither subject to discussion nor appeal, nor are my decisions about how people are permitted to behave on my blog. I pay for this website. That means I get to make the rules. Bottom line.

Stuff like what transpired in the comments to the recent post on Dave Gaddy’s take on the Dahlgren controversy will NEVER happen again, or there will be no more comments.

End of story.

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  1. Valerie Protopapas
    Sat 26th Aug 2006 at 3:54 pm

    I’m sorry. I did not mean to be contentious. Indeed, that is quite the opposite of my nature. If I offended anyone, I offer my most heartfelt apologies which I trust will be accepted in the spirit in which they are offered. Perhaps this is just one of those topics which, as it cannot be determined, will have to be left to the individual judgment of those interested.

  2. Bill Bergen
    Sun 27th Aug 2006 at 6:26 pm

    I, too, apolgize as I did get carred away in a way I did not intend. Certainly not characteristic of my usual discourse–I will be better when the weather turns milder.

    Winston Churchill once said that Great Britian and the U.S. were two nations separated by a common language. I am reminded of that comment often during Civil War discussions here and elsewhere. We enthusiasts and historians can be like that: two parties coming from different points of view who examine the same language to come to completely different conclusions. Yet what unities us is a common heritage, and a fascination, if not obsession, in what happened and why. And that is why it remains fun.

  3. Sun 27th Aug 2006 at 10:19 pm

    Apologies are not necessary. Simply behave like adults, avoid peronal attacks, and we will never have to repeat this discussion.

    I assure you, though, that there will not be another warning. If anyone strays again, there will be no warning. The comments will simply be disabled, and that will be the end of it.


  4. Bob Bartley
    Sun 18th Mar 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Eric………sorry but I’m new to your site……….have been working on a genealogy project which has turned into a civil war history project. I guess I read that you have finished the Dahlgren project. My subject is Lt Reuben Bartley of PA & IN who was a staff officer with Dahlgren. I am finishing a biography on him including his diary of the ill fated raid on Libby. He was beside Dahlgren when he was killed, captured and taken to Libby. I have photos of Reuben (1855, 1862 & 1895) that as far as I know have not been published. If you are interested email me at bartley@thepoint.net. Your obedient servant
    Bob Bartley
    Borden, IN (just returned from Richmond)

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