New Policy on Comments
If you check around the internet a bit, you’ll find that GraceConversation is developing a reputation for less-than-Christian comments. I think we deserve the criticism, and it’s my fault. You see, I urged the other participants to agree to set this site up without moderation, for a number of reasons. First, my experience over at OneInJesus.info has been good. I’ve very rarely had to moderate a commenter. Second, I thought it would be helpful for the four principals to hear what the audience was thinking unfiltered. Third, I’ve heard lots of complaints against moderation. Fourth, none of us has the time to pre-clear all the hundreds of comments. I was wrong.
Therefore, the four of us have agreed to a new policy:
* Generally, there will be no moderation.
* However, commenters are asked to stick closely to the subject at hand. Off subject comments will be removed. Those who persist in being off subject will be moderated — meaning that their comments won’t be posted unless pre-approved by one of the four principal authors.
* We insist that comments meet this standard —
(Col 4:6) Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Those comments that do not will be deleted. Commenters who persist will be moderated. That means your comments will not appear on the site until one of the four principals reads and approves it.
* To avoid any claim of bias in how we delete or moderate comments, all four principals will have the same rights to delete or require moderation.
When we say “stick closely to the subject at hand,” for now, we mean speak to the question of apostasy. We are not here to address instrumental music, for example, other than the question of whether it causes one to become apostate. This is not presently the place to debate the merits of instrumental music as a doctrine — that is, we aren’t talking about psallo, Justin Martyr, or harps in heaven. Those are legitimate points of discussion — just not here at this time.
We should add that we fully understand the depth of emotions that many here feel — on both sides. We are discussing issues here of the utmost seriousness and would expect our readers to feel strongly. We just ask that those feelings be expressed graciously.