CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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Anonymous Comments...

Anonymous comments to my entries (or anonymous replies to my comments) amuse the hell out of me, just for the record.

Of course, if someone decides to post an anonymous comment to one of my entries, they can bet it's never going to be seen by anyone. Ever. I've got my journal set up to screen them, which only makes sense to me.

Hey, if you don't have the courage of your convictions, then don't bother sharing with me.

(You know, I've discovered that many people on line find it amazingly easy to say just about anything when they aren't forced to have their name attached to it...)

Frankly, I don't mind occasionally being controversial. I made that decision way back when I first became involved in slash fandom (which was at the beginning of slash, by the way, for those who might not know). Back then slash wasn't just a little controversial -- it was frequently slammed left and right. There were only a few of us involved -- and those who opposed it were often very unpleasant to deal with. They even threatened people on occasion. But that's clearly another story... (smile) And I've been controversial about other issues, as well. I have a political view, I have views about lifestyle issues and on and on...

And while I respect the rights of others to express their opinions, I make no bones about the fact that I have opinions of my own -- and I'm willing to share them. So please! Feel entirely free to disagree with me! I'm sure there are times I'll disagree with you, too.

But have the common decency to do so without hiding behind an anonymous comment.

Balls up, in other words. (grin)

It's very hard for me to respect the opinion of 'anonymous,' frankly. Hell, why should I? I don't care how many facts, figures, statistics, etc. you have to back up what you're expounding, either. Put your name to it -- or go slink back off to the shadows where you belong.

Don't you agree? Or do you enjoy receiving -- or even giving -- anonymous comments here at LJ? And if you don't agree with me, I'd love to hear your reasoning in favor of anonymous comments -- I really would!

I've already seen how easy it is for those who encounter one another on line to treat each other with unkindness and disrespect -- even when there is a name attached. For whatever reason, some people think if they don't have to stand and look you in the eye that it's fine to blast you with words they'd never say to anyone face to face. Yes, it's the down side to being on line, but I'm happy to say that in my experience it happens so rarely that it's hardly worth mentioning. In fact, you'll note that I rarely do -- and this is why. My personal stats still show that most people are friendly and warm, thankfully. (There have only been a few rare moments when that hasn't been the case -- and these aren't worth bothering to type out, they mean so little...)

So I intend to remain amused. There's absolutely no way I'm going to be bothered, or even interested in, anonymous comments. In fact, I refuse to even read them. So if you think you're going to somehow get to me via one, think again.

Yes, this was prompted by an anonymous comment I received today. While I know what the entry was that prompted it, I didn't read most of the actual comment. As I said, why should I bother?

Funny, but I generally don't bother to make any of my entries 'friends only.' There's nothing wrong with doing so, however -- and perhaps I should do this more often. (smile) After all, it's certainly unlikely that one of my LJ friends would ever post an anonymous comment...

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! There's a lot to be said for a good laugh, anyway!

Tags: 2006, december-2006

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