So we have a little less than two weeks before the new year.
As most of you know, I was somewhat burned out earlier this year. I was angry at the tech at our old hosting company who erased our work, and it was quite demoralizing. For a while, I was unable to really read or write anything. Plus, I was addicted to chess! (I still am.) Fortunately, time heals most wounds, so I’ll be back in early 2014. I’m not sure if it will all be gone by January, but it will be better.
I’ve been fielding numerous complaints about how the Bottom Tier has hijacked the comment section of this blog. There are about four of you, along with one regular who sometimes trolls in those waters. 🙂 I myself used to say that the best part of this blog were the comments, but with so much Bottom Tier nonsense infecting our posts, I can no longer say that that is true. I’d like to return to our roots.
So after the new year, I’m going to moderate. My main pet peeves are:
1) Cowardice. In the past year, we’ve seen one commenter anonymously attack a woman for her looks. We saw a jock challenger repeatedly challenge people to podcasts, only to dodge and hide when it was time for him to do it. Such comments will be deleted, and such commenters will be on alert.
2) Outlandish claims. Someone else claimed that he was a “national level” fighter in a martial arts league that had no weight classes, and that he could beat us up. Then the story changed–there were two weight classes, 220 lbs and below (Mike Tyson would be a lightweight!) and over 220. He wouldn’t tell us the name of the organization, and according to him, they don’t have a website, even though they’re national.
3) Broken record-ism. “I’m gonna go to Asia! I’m gonna do it! Women there are more likely to date me! F#$k Western hegemony!” If you’re going to do it, do it. Do it and tell us about it. Nobody wants to hear how you’re going to do it, and then watch you do nothing and tell us about it over and over. Be a man of action. This is an activist site.
4) Excess negativity. If you see a smart Asian person, and all you can see is a nerd stereotype, you need to recalibrate your lenses. Too many people here are excessively negative, nitpicking nonsense when seeing Asian people (but not when seeing non-Asian people) and basically reinforcing old stereotypes. This has to stop.
In the spirit of the season, everyone is going to start the new year with a blank slate. I need you all to participate in this–no grudges. But we will need to start moderating. I wish it hadn’t come to this, but we need to get back on track.