Dear readers and contributors to Blogging Theology.
A concerned reader and contributor has expressed exasperation at the “Insults, vulgarity and cheap shots that litter the comment sections. The overall tone of the blog has become absurdly polemical, and frankly bitter” (see here).
I am grateful to Chris De Ray for waking me up to this problem and the need to take appropriate remedial action.
I propose that those good quality articles which aim to stimulate respectful dialogue and debate (such as those by Eric and Chris) be clearly designated as a Feature Article in the title.
This will permit those who want to continue the rough and tumble of polemics to have their say in other articles whilst applying strict standards of conduct in the special Feature Article posts.
In those articles intended for serious theological discussion all participants will be deemed to agree in advance to be respectful. A zero-tolerance policy on insults, purposeful irrelevance and trolling will result in such comments being deleted, the person warned and then blocked if they repeat this behaviour.
I am confident this solution will encourage new readers and contributors to participate on this blog.