Am I enabling blasphemy?

hand over mouth

While the commenting system changes over, some disputes in the content of the comments stay the same.  And there was a recent tete-a-tete I'd think needs a post worth of response.  In Cam's reply/objection to Scott's essay on suffering and optimal search strategies, Cam went through a couple of the usual objections to theodicy and then exclaimed: Why are there multiple types of suffering? Is your deity a sadistic fuckhead? Let’s accept all of the arguments offered by the author. This entire syst … [Read more...]

Suggestions for Revamping Comments?

flamewar exit

  Well, the comments that followed my post on 'A Week' and the adjectives besides atheist that people choose kind of spiraled off into flamewars about gay marriage and other unrelated comments.  This isn't the first time this has happened, and I'd like to get people to help me brainstorm some solutions, from the technical to the more honor culture-y.Here are a couple things that have occurred to me:Culture ChangesPeriodic "Take it Outside" threads - when an off-top … [Read more...]

Finding the right amount of unpleasantness

There's some very helpful feedback on the recent commenting/housekeeping/debate tactics post.  I'm going to highlight and briefly respond to a few people, and then hopefully we can get back to content-y posts to practice constructively commenting on!Emily wrote: I’m really wrestling with at what point I need to walk away from even reading comments here. The tone and mix of commenters has really changed a lot recently, and frankly, I think Adam’s right. I’m glad you’re writing in a measured a … [Read more...]

Clawing out of the Cesspool

princess bride quicksand

Thanks all for the mostly good behavior on the two preceding posts on queer issues.  I know I've got a fairly diverse audience, and it can be hard to negotiate different frames of reference without misinterpreting or even just taking offense at the wrong thing (and thereby missing the insult your sparring partner spent a while crafting!).After looking at comment thread in the last post, Adam Lee was pretty put off by what he termed the "cesspool of anti-gay hate" that bubbled up.  I can g … [Read more...]

This Doesn’t Look Like a Victory to Me

Over in Patheos's Catholic channel, Thomas McDonald of God and the Machine has run into a couple problem commenters.  Specifically, the kind of atheist who think posting the following in a Christian combox is equivalent to counting coup: The creation story of your own religion involves a man created out of dust who is convinced by his rib-woman wife to eat a magical fruit because a talking snake told her that it would make them like gods. The universe as we know it took much longer than six … [Read more...]

Keeping a Civil Tongue

A couple comment threads have gotten a little nasty/unproductive lately, so I want to jump in and try to reestablish some expectations of productive dialogue.  Before I do, I want to give two bits of information up front.I don't censor comments and that's not changing.  I only delete comments that are spam unrelated to the site.  Google's overenthusiastic spam filter may delay your comment for a few hours, but I will always let it through once I get back to Blogger.  That means you're free to … [Read more...]


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