I was listening to an America Magazine Podcast on which Deacon Greg Kandra was talking about his blog “The Deacon’s Bench”.
One of the things they talked about was “to moderate or not to moderate?” Both the America magazine blog and Deacon Kandra’s blog are moderated – because some people fell below the standard of what could be termed “polite online conversation”.
I don’t have moderation of comments on this blog – although on one or two occasions where I thought the poster was out of line, I removed the comment. (Once or twice in three years isn’t what I would call “moderating”, however.)
In part, this is because I haven’t found the need for it. In part, it is because of the culture of Sentire Cum Ecclesia.
What I mean by that is that we have – you and me together, dear Reader – created an atmosphere here of chummy too-and-froing, and of respect for one another no matter what “POV” we might present.
I like stimulating argument. I dislike being in a conversation where everyone agrees with one another. SCE is a place where you cannot express a point of view and think that you don’t have to back it up with reason.
I like to imagine SCE as an after dinner conversation at my place over port and cheese. Of course, since it is my place, I get to decide what we talk about, but I am happy to sit back and listen to where you guys want to take the conversation.
But I dislike rudeness. If you are rude on this blog, you are either being rude to me as your host, or to my friends – ie. to those who come to read and comment on this blog.
So just a word of warning: If you are rude, you won’t get invited back for any more port and cheese at Sentire Cum Ecclesia.
Now is that bottle stuck to the table, or could someone pour me another glass?