From my experience on a previous blog, it was always my goal that people debate things rather than type-and-run. Having dealt with lots of people who liked to insult without accountability, I wrote this in September of 2008:
This is an activist blog, so we value real-time communication. If you’ve got personal beef, don’t hide behind the internet; talk it over and see where you may have commonalities. We’ll be setting up a conference line to eliminate the negative influence of internet warriors.
In the latest round, we’ve been trying to set up a podcast, but it seems like there are just too many people who prefer internet flaming and attacking people anonymously, and it’s threatening to ruin every thread on his blog. Not everyone is guilty of this. Some have stepped up. But I’ve always had faith in the guys who have. It’s clearly obvious from history that speaking in real time is FAR superior to creating relationships and getting the main ideas out there. It’s self-evident that those who CHAMPION ideas aren’t afraid to step up and represent them. It’s hard to take a “revolutionary” seriously if he can’t literally raise his voice.
BUT I’m a realist. I know that much of the commentators on this blog are and will always be anonymous, and maybe people have to get some steam off from time to time. So if you want to get that steam off, sound off here. I don’t want this stuff on the other threads. Take it here, and duke it out here. This is the place for all that. Other threads are off limits–light jabs and soft insults are still allowed on all threads (as they are in Presidential debates), but pure ad hominem attacks aren’t. If you’re an internet warrior who won’t step up and you want to do some pure ad hominem fighting, invite your fellow warriors to come here and engage in some good typing.
This thread will still be moderated. No “anonymous coward” attacks on those who stand up, no racist and sexist bullshit. There will still be limits on your expression if the fighting gets ridiculous.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
Edit: 8/17/2013: This is also the “Open Topic” thread. If there’s something that I haven’t blogged about that is irrelevant to other threads, feel free to discuss it here. If it’s interesting and relevant to Asian American intellectualism, I’ll do my best to create a new thread.