Dealing with comments on controversial topics

Today, I had to do something I have not done before on this blog, send a real comment to trash. Now, I have had my share of spam comments that get through, usually full of links, but I usually am welcoming of comments, as they are opportunities to discuss and debate, but this comment to my recent update on the Texas license plate controversy was too abrasive to be posted, as the email address included “Nsdap”, which is the abbreviation for the full name of the Nazi party. This sent up a red flag for me. The comment was also borderline white supremacist in its tone, so I had no choice, but to trash it, as such a comment would have only led to trouble.

Please remember when commenting to not use foul language, or racial slurs, as they are not welcome here. Also, hard-core neo-Confederate posts that add nothing to the discussion and only serve to inflame will either be edited or deleted. I do this because I want this civility on this site that anyone, young or old, can view. I do not do this lightly, as I want to be balanced, but some things do go beyond common decency and need to be dealt with. Those of you who have posted good comments over the years, thank you and please continue to do so. Those who have yet to comment, please consider it, but watch what you say, as we can disagree, but be respectful as well. Thanks for your understanding on this.

4 thoughts on “Dealing with comments on controversial topics

  1. Thanks for the balance Daniel. There are always those wanting to makr the American Civil War a pure racial issue and that out of context. It was enough an issue of race and rights of individuals as much as just stupid people making bad choices. But some can’t see past their gad choices. Keep it up and if you’re ever at the far north Georgia battle parks I’d love to tour with you.


    Joe Davis
    Kennesaw, GA

  2. Gary Gallagher wrote two books, why the north and south fought. He also did an outstanding series for the Teaching Company on the Civil War. Those who wish a fuller, more balanced approach can read and/or watch these resources. Current scholarship calls into question the 60’s and 70’s interpretation of race as the fundamental reason for fighting on either side. The title of Barry Benson’s memoirs, ‘All for the Union’ says it all, I think.

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