On commenting on the blog

In no particular order:

  • On this blog all comments by readers go into a moderation queue. I make some public. Others, like from my Internet Stalker, I do not. If you don’t want your comment made public just let me know in the comment. No worries. I’m the only one who sees it.
  • Other than that, you can’t privately respond to other commenters.
  • Willful error has no rights. If you are belligerently rejecting the teaching of the Church you lose your rights. If you threaten anything whatsoever or for any other reason I come up with, you lose your rights. So, those are not really rights, are they? No entitlements!
  • I’m a pretty reasonable guy about this and if someone likely in good faith wants to keep their comment private in whatever instance I’ll certainly try to respect that.
  • I keep a pretty tight grip on the comments because otherwise they become a cesspool of trolls. I’ve always had a really good comments box.
  • You are in my house when you comment, so, please, be civil, don’t be blasphemous, don’t threaten. Because I take this seriously 99.999% of commenters are civil and just really wonderful people.
  • It’s good to see comments, to get some feedback.
  • You can ask questions, request topics, etc. I do ask that comments, if possible, refer to the post at hand.
  • If there are comments that say nothing about the post here but only refer elsewhere those might be dealt with as spam. But maybe not.
  • Some people have difficulties communicating without using expletives and condemnations. I understand that. We live in a pretty rough world. If I see even a minimum of good will I’ll try to have a conversation with a commenter, even if it has to be in the style I’ve recently been having with my Internet Stalker guy.

By the way, the picture of the police cruiser being destroyed is not in Andrews, but rather, if I remember, in Baltimore. But attitudes do get around.


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4 responses to “On commenting on the blog

  1. Mary Foley

    Dear Father! I’ve been a reader of yours for awhile having been introduced to your blog from Father Gordon’s blog. I must say I have been praying for you for quite some time, and with this internet stalker situation, I’ve kicked it up a notch…maybe even 10 notches…I was finding myself feeling anxious while reading these posts, but then you always help me remember that God is and all is well. And angels are amazing!
    God bless you

    • Father George David Byers

      Thanks, Mary. I’m so happy that Father Gordon has so many friends out there. That really helps.

  2. elizdelphi

    I So wish that I had some good and prudent priest to moderate my in-real-life comments before I could say them out loud. May God help me to use my freedom rightly.

  3. nancyv

    commenting on a commenting – ha.
    I learn and am humbled by so much I read here, either by you Fr. George Byers or by my brothers/sisters here on this site. “May God help me to use my freedom rightly” is just the right prayer we all need elizdelphi. I really like that! Thank you and Deo gratias!

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