I am really enjoying ker-blogging and thank everybody for their support. I only wish I had started way back when I was first inclined to. Unfortunately tho, I am going to have to enable "Comment Moderation", something I didn't at first want to do. I said I endorse dissent and I do. I myself am a pretty opinionated guy and among friends I am known to even be blunt, given that I allow my friends to be as blunt as they wish with me. But with people I know less well a little diplomacy goes a long way on both ends of the conversation.
The dillema here is one that's probably all too familiar to veteran bloggers: people who use "dissent" as an excuse to be as rude as they wish start posting little digs and big slams against me and or people/projects/places I support. If I don't comment in turn it looks like I tacitly endorse their posts; if I do comment, I wind up in long, defensive dialog with the "squeakiest wheel" while the people who have stopped by and taken the trouble to say something positive get ignored. Not fair. The internet should be informal but I wouldn't visit a relative stranger's home and start criticizing the decor with abandon.
"Handel" hasn't said anything I can't handle. "Max" doesn't see what I see in Oskar Fischinger, and that's fine. It didn't take me too long following "Thad K's" web career to figure out he probably loathes pretty much everything I've ever worked on, and that's fine too. He's pretty harsh elsewhere in his comments and he's entitled to be. Still, to his great credit, he tempers his language with well chosen words when he visits here and I greatly appreciate it. Unfortunately not everybody has that sense of discretion when it comes to judging what sounds like an insult and what doesn't. Nobody has to kiss my butt every time they post, but showing a little tact is just plain courtesy. I do the same for anybody else and if I slipped up I wouldn't have to be told twice.
So "Comment Moderation" is on for now. Dissent is welcome as always. Rudeness isn't.