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Some Thoughts on Comments.

We work as a team here at OT, and take decisions by consensus.  We’re a new site, and worked around the clock to get up by New Year, so some important things we should have cut and dried are still being formulated. One of these is a clear procedure for dealing with and responding to comments.  It’s an important topic though, so I would like to share with (provisionally) some of my own personal thoughts on the topic. These may or may not be incorporated into a final policy. We shall see.

I’ve been specially impressed by one commenter in particular, MarkF, whose enthusiasm for this site has led him to post numerous comments, and at length, to several of the posts. In these comments, moreover, he has covered more topics than just those of the original posts, but has also covered much additional ground:  notably, homosexuality, which was peripheral to the thrust of the  posts he was commenting on.    Now, I can fully understand Mark’s eagerness to participate here (we’re pretty excited too, and welcome reader participation), but I have suggested to Mark that he restrain his excitement, and exercise a little patience for now.

This is because in my view, comments should be just that: short, pertinent responses to the post at hand. Longer reflections should be turned into full length posts. (We cannot, sadly, undertake to publish everything that our readers might like us to, but if something is well argued and fits our broad philosophy – open, inclusive and progressive- we would certainly consider publishing). However, if we are unable to publish your longer original posts, you are always welcome to post them elsewhere:  even to create your own site, if you wish.

It is also important to remain relevant to the post. There is no point in taking as a starting point one idea, and turning it into a a lengthy discussion of several hobby horses. Speaking personally, if I come across a comment which is ridiculously lengthy and off the point, as a co-administrator I will be strongly inclined to edit it down to size and to relevance. ( I will do the same thing to anything which is rude or personally insulting, but that is standard practice).

Remember, if there is something you wish to say but is not part of the post you are replying to, be patient. We have a growing and strong team here.  We will most certainly visit and revisit most of the important issues facing the church in the modern world:  we just can’t promise to cover them all this week.  On homosexuality, which seems to be of particular interest to Mark, that is not a primary focus of this site, although we will be covering it. I have couple of posts on the subject in preparation myself: patience, please, Mark.

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3 Responses

  1. respectful, thoughtful, articulate: bang on target.

    • Thanks, Jim.

  2. Well put. I think it’s good to encourage longer responses via someone’s personal site. That is, after all, how blogging got it’s start. Namaste.

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