... and I can certainly claim to be no exception.
Two points of view on the latest little DE blogosphere flap over commenters being banned, which now hits home here with Anonone being banned from commenting on Tyler's posts.
Yesterday A1 and Tyler got into one of their not-uncommon pissing contests. A1 has a thing for Tyler that often goes well past issues, and approaches jason's spleen for Dave Burris. And Tyler finally got tired of it, deleting a comment he found to be too far over the line.
I reversed him on that when I found out about it (on another blog, actually; I wasn't following the thread), because it has always been my policy to delete comments only for spam, outing, and actual threats.
But Tyler came back to me with the point that when I asked him to join DE Libertarian I told him that his posts were his intellectual property, with two minor exceptions (there are two local content areas I have asked my fellow bloggers to stay away from, due to a potential personal conflict of interest with my employment; most people in the blogosphere know what those issues are, and why I don't comment on them much), and that I had never placed any restrictions on him regarding how he moderated comments on those posts.
He's right: DE Libertarian is not (at least in my mind) a group blog or even a partnership, but a ground where several libertarian-oriented individuals have been invited to share the privilege of posting. When I give them the keys, I turn on the administrative privileges as well.
As far as I know, only one post has ever been pulled from this blog--well over a year ago. Someone objected to a particular post as being potentially racist toward hispanics, made his case to the author, and the author (not one of our current contributors) made the decision to take it down.
So here's where it stands: individuals posting on this blog have the right to make their own decisions. My decision is to pretty much take the slings and arrows as they come. Brian Miller doesn't even seem to see them when he posts, and Tyler is up for 99.9% of them.
I'm not banning A1 or anyone else from my posts. Truth be told, even though we have vast policy differences, A1 has never been as vituperative toward me as toward Tyler.
This is not an easy issue. Dana Garrett turned on comment moderation for a period of time (he supports Tyler's decision) and got shit from a lot of people, including me. Delawareliberal has banned several folks over the past year; in some cases I have seen their point, in others not. Mike Matthews prefers complete chaos, and I'm probably philosophically closer to him than anyone else.
But blogs are personal property, and within this blog each contributor's posts are personal property as well.
I am proud to have Tyler Nixon here. His coverage of local Delaware politics (especially City of Wilmington) often scoops everybody else. His views on the current administration are more visceral than mine, but he keeps me honest on that. And, frankly, from any personal perspective, Anonone's attacks on him here and elsewhere have crossed the line into the truly offensive on many occasions.
So suck it up, folks. Tyler is here to stay on his own terms. A1 can bash him from a distance at other blogs or even in my threads if the obsession is really that important to him/her/them.
And me? Karma probably dictates that I have just moved down the rung a few notches toward insect.