TTAG’s Comment Posting Policy

TTAG commentators are free to criticize my posts. Or anyone else’s posts. They may do so as vigorously as they please. But they are not free to flame the website, its authors or fellow commentators. The definition of flaming is like the Supreme Court’s definition of pornography: I know it when I see it. And yes, ultimately, it’s my decision. It’s also true that I tend to remove comments about TTAG’s editorial stance or style underneath an unrelated post. Experience tells me that navel gazing hijacks the thread and, eventually, the whole site. When an editorial issue reaches a certain critical mass, I break it out into a separate post and allow more freedom to let slip the dogs of war. As I’ve done here. As for Bob S. . . .

The man had a conniption about the Oleg Volk post and a previous one about the Glock porno mag (so to speak). I invited him to discuss TTAG’s editorial policies via email. This we did—to no avail. He seemed to believe that I should proactively contact the subject of critical posts to get their comments before I press play.

I/we do reach out to objects of our ire from time to time, and the comments section is always open. But TTAG is not the New York Times. Thank God.

If you feel that TTAG is unfair or wish to discuss ANY aspect of the site’s administration, you can contact me directly at guntruth@me.com. Or leave your kvetch here. Except for Bob S. whom I’ve banned for his email intemperance and persistent flaming.

comments

  1. avatar sdog says:

    “But TTAG is not the New York Times. Thank God.”

    thankfully indeed.

  2. avatar Tim McNabb says:

    Flamers are welcome to get their own frickin’ blog.

  3. avatar Ronaldo Ignacio says:

    Your sandbox, your rules.

  4. avatar Mark says:

    Does “HAHA” count?
    What about plain ole’ Trolling?

    I personally like the way TTAG is ran.

  5. avatar mmasse says:

    I hadn’t noticed any removal of posts. Does that mean I am doing it wrong?

    1. avatar Chris says:

      Well, Bob S managed to sneak a comment on here about an hour ago. He has since been kidnapped by the TTAG Party Van.

      1. avatar Patrick B. says:

        I’m beginning to think the TTAG Party Van made a stealth trip to see Magoo… he’s MIA.

        1. avatar Chris says:

          Come to think of it, Mikeb has been mysteriously absent lately, too. Not complaining, just observing.

        2. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

          I’m right here.

        3. avatar RuffRidr says:

          Well seeing as Magoo had already been banned once previously under a different name, that would only be logical.

  6. avatar Joe nobody says:

    I just started commenting recently and this is a very helpful article.

  7. avatar anon@anon.com says:

    Kvetch? I come here for gun content, not jew bullshit.

    1. avatar Ben Eli says:

      Oi! The drek that spews from the mouth of this shmegeggy would make a golem yell. He’s going to cause a shemozzle. What a nebbishy shmekle.

      1. avatar JustSomeGuy says:

        *raucous cheers!*

      2. avatar 101abn says:

        Jesus Christ!! That bumper sticker is not about religion, it’s about Houston traffic.

    2. avatar sdog says:

      really anon?

      1. avatar 40&2000 says:

        I understand the reluctance to censor but the racist/ anti-semitic comments really seem to be increasing. I normally just don’t read certain users posts but it ls starting to get very annoying.

        1. avatar Wallace Paul says:

          I agree. I enjoy a good arguement, but the racist shit should stop.

    3. avatar Charles says:

      Not cool, fella. I certainly don’t come here for remarks like that.

    4. avatar Ralph says:

      Dont be too hard on anon@anon.com. He insists that I’m his father, even though the DNA tests proved otherwise. I explained to him that it could have been anybody on the basketball team, or the baseball team, or the polo team or one of the bagboys at the local Winn-Dixie, but he just won’t listen.

      1. avatar mmasse says:

        Zing!

    5. avatar Kyle says:

      +1 to that. I know it’s your blog, but as a non-jew I find the jewish words and sayings on here annoying.

  8. avatar 101abn says:

    I was born in Texas and raised in Mississippi, I sometimes get my prejudices mixed up, but the really bad thing is, I have a terrible accent.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      So you’re a Texasippian. That’s cool.

  9. avatar Slab Rankle says:

    I must have crossed some invisible line yesterday, because my brilliantly thought out and erudite post about ammo availability was wiped out, never to be seen again, with the error message:

    “You’re posting too fast. Slow down.”

    I hadn’t posted anything in a week, so I guess your servers where overloaded and simply threw up, then exploded, not too differently from Mr. Creosote in “The Meaning of Life”.

    As for the anti-semitic comment, remember what happened to the cleaning woman at the end of the above-mentioned scene.

    1. avatar Patrick B. says:

      Too bad a “wafer-thin mint” couldn’t have the same affect on anon@anon…

    2. avatar HAVEGUN says:

      @ Slab Rakle

      Not only got that, but after a lot of effort, it happens I don’t even get that.

      I learned to COPY then post. Paste then try again later.

    3. avatar Ralph says:

      “You’re posting too fast. Slow down.”

      I hear that a lot. From my horse.

  10. avatar Van says:

    I only ask that TTAG articles be edited for the proper use of “you’re” vs. “your”.

    1. avatar DigDoug says:

      I agree.

      Disregarding my personal distaste for such things, I cringe when I see any text that would allow one of our liberal friends to quote it using the dreaded “(sic)” that is so often used to illustrate how an author should not be taken seriously.

      I really do appreciate and enjoy TTAG, but a little extra proofreading would make me feel better about being a fan.

    2. avatar WolfPack says:

      Don’t forget “then” and “than” – even my local newspaper can’t get it right.

    3. avatar TexanHawk says:

      How about LOSE versus LOOSE. My personal pet peeve (because I’m an aviator) is hangar versus hanger. I see signs on airfields all of the time which have it spelled incorrectly

  11. avatar LC Judas says:

    Typically a screwball who annoys people says that other people are wrong and that he or she is right without question, also included may be a “you’re stupid for considering otherwise” or some statement of that ilk as justification. The premise is usually weak and circumstantial at best. Usually when such a bluff is called and data is requested proving the screwballs opinion crickets chirp or the data provided per request is so full of holes and opinionated that it may as well be invisible.

    A good moderator kills the voice of the screwball. They cause toxic and/or off topic posts. I frequent this place pretty regularly now but somehow I missed the person in question. I now pat the moderator on the back belatedly.

  12. avatar Jamie in ND says:

    Here is the most popular blog North Dakota, http://sayanythingblog.com/
    Perhaps you could learn a little bit about free speech by reading some of the posts & comments there. Rob isn’t scared of letting “flamers” throw fireballs at each other. But then this is ND and we don’t have cities full of PC candy asses like the rest of America(Fargo’s close).
    I like your blog a lot but you gotta sac up & let the comments roll without banning flamers.
    Welcome to ND…now go back where you came from!

    1. avatar Adam says:

      @Jamie in ND

      I will say that this policy could be a bit confusing as criticizing a post, often times means criticizing the author. Robert and Co. should sit down and hash out an official comments policy and link to it in the top nav menu, just a suggestion.

      Still, this is not a free speech issue. The fact that you say it is shows an astonishing amount of ignorance on your part.

      TTAG is, in essence private property. The proprietors of TTAG don’t have to let anyone in that they do not want to let in.

      On the surface it seems like a good policy to let people say whatever they want, and not remove anything. In reality what you end up with is the sort of quality comments you see on YouTube.

  13. avatar MikeinCV says:

    Wll, ths crtnly mks sns t m. Whl t s th rght f TTAG t rmv cmmnts, thnk tht dsmvwlng llws th rgnl wrtr t cm thrgh s th dt/trll thy slly r.

    I enjoy the site, but dislike many of the comments. I am free to wander elsewhere and Robert and company are free to delete criticisms.

  14. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

    Bob S. is one of the most disagreeable characters I’ve met on the gun blogs. It pleases me no end that he’s been banned here. But there is a double benefit to it for TTAG. Being unable to help himself from being such and annoyance, Bob gives all of you a bad name. Eliminating his comments might give a false positive impression of the manners of your average por-gun commenter. But, I guess that’s what we have Joe and Ralph for, so never mind.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      How did you know what Bob S. was writing? Did someone read his comments to you?

    2. avatar RuffRidr says:

      Directly quoted from Robert in this very post: “But they are not free to flame the website, its authors or fellow commentators. ”

      With Mike’s post above I guess we will get to see how vigorously Robert enforces those rules.

      1. avatar Robert Farago says:

        “When an editorial issue reaches a certain critical mass, I break it out into a separate post and allow more freedom to let slip the dogs of war.”

      2. avatar rememberrememberthefifthofnovember says:

        In other words, Farago will only enforce his rules when it is convenient for him, and when doing so will not stifle debate… about anyone other than him.

        1. avatar Robert Farago says:

          It’s not a question of convenience. It’s a question of discretion. I encourage debate, but not flaming. And you are correct: my editorial decisions are not a suitable subject for debate. Except for here, or other posts like this one. Or via email (guntruth@me.com).

        2. avatar rememberrememberthefifthofnovember says:

          Didn’t your momma ever teach you that actions speak louder than words?

          Also, I love what you’ve done with the double standards around here!

  15. avatar GS650G says:

    Apparently Bob S is looking for trouble on his blog
    http://3boxesofbs.com/
    I’ll let the A I here decide if they want to take the bait.

  16. avatar Don says:

    So am I correct in assuming this whole thing is about some guy unable to immediately identify a dick joke on the internet?

    -D

  17. avatar tp says:

    If you are looking for comments on how you run this ship:

    WHERE’S MY TEE SHIRT REFUND???

    When people question your integrity, you wonder why… I think I’ll stroll over to Bob’s blog and spread the flames.

  18. avatar Van says:

    Any idea why I get the message, “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.” even though I haven’t posted anything in a few hours?

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      No. Sorry. I’ll check with the web guy.

    2. avatar Bob H says:

      I got it Tuesday when I hadn’t posted in days.

  19. avatar Van says:

    The comment editor freaking out on me and not letting me reply to a thread on the Kurt Kirby story. It appears to be accepting the comment but nothing appears. Any idea? And please delete any duplicate comments from me as a result of this glitch.

    Thanks.

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