comments back up
Post #571 • July 4, 2005, 11:13 AM • 27 Comments
Instincts are telling me to re-open comments, and so I am. I'm still considering registration but in the meantime, things are as they were, excepting a few revisions to the guidelines to make them more explicit:
Advance the conversation. Think of the comments as a conversation with other real people - not a message board, not an argument, not an unfettered venue for random impulses. The conversations sieze up when people use multiple handles, multiple identities, poor English, long or editorialized pseudonyms, or generally monkey around with the comments instead of using them for discussion. If your entire thought is an eleven-word insult, save it. Your ability to write eloquently in the face of rising disagreement makes you a valued contributor.
Assume community. Even the most opposed factions in the art world still agree that art is important. Begin with that basis and respect other commenters accordingly. Abusive remarks, taunts, boorish language, and the written equivalent of behavior that would get you punched out in a bar jeopardizes your status in this forum. In contrast, your ability to escalate civility in the face of rising disagreement makes you a valued contributor.
The Make Franklin happy guideline has this addition:
I am doing this for fun. If it stops being fun and becomes too much of a problem, I hit the off switch and comments shut down either for individuals or everyone.
So, comment away. I've missed you.
Update 11:44am: Hang on, something's not working.
Update 12:03pm: Timestamps are screwed up. This may take some effort.
Update 12:21pm: That wasn't so bad. Now the form isn't working.
Update 5:26pm: Whew.