Cleansing Fire

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Slight Change at Cleansing Fire?

August 8th, 2009, Promulgated by Gen

I’ve been mulling this over lately, and thought I should extend my question to you, the readers. Should I make it so that only registered members of blogger can post comments? Some anonymous users are genuinely trying to learn, and I am honored that they have chosen this place to learn from others. Some are absolutely hysterical. Others are blatantly hate-mongering and critical in a way which is blinded by what I construe as blind hatred for “this our glorious cause.” Another option would be for a “review board” of sorts to “approve” comments which appear on the site. I am hesitant to do either of these options, however, because I just love free-flowing banter. I suppose it’s too much to ask that we just behave ourselves? (Please note, my annoyance, and I am sure the annoyance of many, is not directed at people who genuinely seek to learn real answers to real questions, i.e. our recent cruelty discussion. Rather, it is directed towards those who try to cause blatant and obvious problems.)

What are your opinions? I’m very interested to hear from you all.


16 Responses to “Slight Change at Cleansing Fire?”

  1. Dr. K says:

    I would suggest deleting any comments that you feel go over the line as soon as you catch them. This will allow a free exchange of ideas, while weeding out those who are just posting to attack orthodoxy or make bathroom jokes.

    There is a downfall to the other possibilities that exist. If you restrict it to registered users only, it would eliminate a lot of contributions from anonymous readers who make good points. The problem with reviewing posts is that it would cause a delay in comments appearing which may hurt discussions, especially since a post may only appear on the main page for a couple of days.

    ~Dr. K

  2. Sister Emily says:

    Being a convert I want to hear everything. Both sides. Ten Reasons,DOR Rochester and Cleansing Fire have helped me along the way. If this becomes all fluff and we have to be supervised in what we say I will probably be out of here. I am sure what I may post at times is way out in left field. You don't have to like it. You can ignore me or if I need to be corrected, I am no shrinking violet. Let me have it. Hurtful comments should not be posted however we should be abel to defend attacks made against our Church and our Lord. Humor may be a better choice than fighting words. I think anonymous users have lots of good things to say. Please don't tell us what we can and cannot say.

  3. Gen says:

    Your sentiments echo my own. Thank you.

  4. Dr. K says:

    Well said, Sr. Emily. I want to hear what you have to say 🙂

    ~Dr. K

  5. Gen says:

    In my mind it's settled. Thank you.

  6. My .02 cents worth. Let all comments roll. I've learned a lot from different comments. No censorship.

  7. Dr. K says:

    That sounds like the best solution, Choir. If there are over the top comments, people can just choose to pass them up and not give them much of their time. There are plenty of interesting comments made by anon. posters, I would hate to see them go away.

    ~Dr. K

  8. I see this blog as a tool of evangelization and as such we all can weather some hateful comments. It's part of being a disciple of Christ and His Church. Ya gotta take the good with the bad. Heck, we've been dealing with the diocese for years and the wacko comments from Buffalo Road.

  9. Gen says:

    Excellent. It looks like we have reached a consensus.

    That is, unless one of our anonymous angelic hosts has some input? As it stands: no moderation, save in the case of blatant and inarticulate hate-mongering. (Sorry, Ray.)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Right on, choir. How can we stand up to the onslaught of the progressives in our daily lives if we are unprepared for the stupid arguments they will try to make?

  11. Anonymous says:

    I am glad that you will continue to allow all of us to comment. This forum is so valuable.

  12. Anonymous says:

    All have a right to have their opinions heard. Hopefully we can do this within reason. The progressive Catholics like to shut down the discussion and promote only their ideas. Let us show we're not as cheap as that. Maybe the progressives will actually learn if we are able to expose the flaws in their logic.

  13. Ditto all the way down the combox. Everybody is entitled to my opinion…hahahaha…i just gotta watch that my squirrely wrath doesn't get the best of me. let the comments roll…and the good times too!!!

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  15. Mr. B says:

    If we could start each thread with some sort of prayer. Maybe to the Holy Spirit…

  16. Rob says:

    I'd say that any post by this anonymous idiot that attacks people for no reason should be removed. This person is clearly looking to pick a fight, and is twisting words and intentions in order to start one. This person should be stopped.

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