Revert to policy

I made a mistake recently.  This blog has some clearly stated rules and regulations, here is part.

All comments must be signed.  Anonymous postings are the hiding place for the irresponsible,  a pool for festering nastiness.  If you have something you would like to contribute, you must admit to being the author.

I accepted two comments that had only the first name.  The author clearly did not want to be identified with his ideas.   Though the internet should be a brew of exciting ideas, an idea is not real unless the person  who releases it is willing to stand behind concepts.

The standard internet tendencies took over,  due to anonymities.  Scathing adjectives were exchanged, we had a good old public temper tantrum at each other, any 6 year old would have been  proud.

In the future, All such comments will be blanked by the comment that the author did not follow the rules established in the Page “About The Last Tech Age.”

Some commentors have put in their full name and stand behind their statements.  These have always been posted and will always be so, as long as there are no personal attacks.    I apologize to you for my recent slip.  It will not happen again.

Charles J. Armentrout, Ann Arbor
2011 July 27
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I am a physicist with years of work in fusion labs, industry labs, and teaching (physics and math). I have watched the tech scene, watched societal trends and am alarmed. My interest is to help us all improve or maintain that which we worked so hard to achieve.
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1 Response to Revert to policy

  1. Chris Baird says:

    Seems like a good plan. Though, the potential for a decent exploration of the issue is there as long as the adjectives can be overlooked and that both sides are continuing to provide material that is at least somewhat grounded. I agree that anonymity creates problems, but also can allow people to fully express their thoughts as well. Perhaps Doug actually worked in one of these programs, but would not want to say who he was. He ran across your site through a Google search on a particular satellite project. I regularly carry on discussions with people using all sorts of colorful terminology and attacks, but am willing as long as they are providing material that I haven’t explored. The temptation is to jump in the pool with the troll. Though, I think that often in many different forums, it is indeed the trolls that stop the unchallenged unexplored presuppositions that we all hold. However, the risk is greater that the discussion moves from material exploration to personal attacks. So, I think there is a balance there somewhere ;)


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