Advice to commentators

Artist Lindsey Dearnley

Our bloggers are complaining that certain commentators are beginning to make the site a free blog site of their own.

In future comments on blogs are to be limited to 150 words, and apart from single line replies to other commentators, no more than two comments totalling 200 words. Comments going over these limits will be taken down

Your co-operation is appreciated

Thank you

The Editor

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28 Comments on Advice to commentators

  1. I think the editor’s salvo is more in the manner of a warning shot. But is it not just a matter of manners? Have your say and then let others have theirs. Comment sections get very tedious when they turn into private conversations and/or abusive slanging matches. The best blog comments over the years on this site have been better than the blogs themselves because they have been lucid and concise. Thinking of which, maybe a committee of grammatical public safety would serve better as a filter. Boorish comments would automatically fall foul.
    ‘Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life’ (Victor Hugo)

    • Karen Dusek, much of what you say makes sense, but as you know, the Public Safety Committee experiment was tried in the early 1790s. How did that work out?

      Have I exceeded the new 150 word limitation? I flunked arithmetic in Grade 2 and am slightly dyslectic to boot.

  2. Nature abhors a vacuum. What has happened to Michael McManus?
    I actually like the idea of “regulars” more power to their elbow I would say. Most complaints are from behind net curtains.

  3. Is this a business opportunity? Set up a subsidiary ‘Salisbury Soap Box’ – subscription fee £x p.a, only subscribers allowed to post. Profits to support the SR.

    • It’s alright.

      I take this as a message from God to spend my time elsewhere, with the implication it will be time better spent.

      All best wishes to the blogger-complainants -Harry.

      • There is some small hope in No-Longer-England – see the articles by Rod Liddle, Douglas Murray, Taki, Toby Young and Lionel Shriver in “The Spectator” weekly, though its print-blog, i.e. correspondence page, takes first prize for banality.

        For how long? Elected US Presidents can now now banned on dishonest pretexts from making their case cybernetically.

  4. Not really in favour of restrictions on speech. And I didn’t think the Salisbury review would be either. I won’t be posting here again.

  5. Readers can always ignore or answer other bloggers or add comments of THEIR own.
    I do not intend to post anything here again unless specifically attacked myself.