Time for an experiment with comments on my blog posts. I'm scientifically minded. I enjoy trying something different and seeing how it works out.
Starting today, I'm going to be less accepting of publishing comments that include a lot of preachy religious dogma.
Some people have been using comments on my "churchless" posts as an opportunity to share their irrelevant (to the post) religious beliefs.
They might make a passing brief reference to something I said in the post, then launch into a lengthy description of how great this-or-that religious belief system is.
From now on, I'd like those commenters to do the reverse: use your personal critical/logical thinking skills to make some cogent observations about the content of the post, with maybe a brief reference to their religious beliefs.
I mean, it's fine to say "I'm a Christian" or "I'm a follower of Sant Mat."
But this is a freaking churchless blog! I don't want to publish comments filled with Christian or Sant Mat dogma. There's plenty of other blogs and web sites where religious true believers can share that stuff.
Don't get me wrong: comments add a lot to my blog posts. I enjoy reading them, as do other visitors to this Church of the Churchless blog.
Comments just shouldn't be a mindless repetition of some religious dogma.
Think for yourself. Write about how you feel. I don't mind an irrelevant personal comment nearly as much as an irrelevant comment filled with preachiness.
Best of all, of course, are thoughtful comments related to the subject of a blog post, because most people who read the comments on a post expect this to be the case.
I find it boring, for example, when I see a bunch of comments on a newspaper story that have nothing to do with the story. Some people are just using the ability to comment to blab on about some favorite subject, or gripe.
Another experiment you might want to consider, Brian, is to invite believers to express (in so many words) just what it is they believe, and why, but publish only the well-written testimonies. Then, publish only the best comments that follow.
This way you can showcase the many ways people delude and deceive themselves; the very phenomenon this blog is a response to.
Posted by: x | January 14, 2015 at 09:01 AM
"I don't want to publish comments filled with Christian or Sant Mat dogma. There's plenty of other blogs and web sites where religious true believers can share that stuff."
Actually no, no there isn't, at least not for RSSB Sant Mat discussion. Although if you know something I don't know, please do share the love.
Posted by: BilboBagginses | February 06, 2015 at 05:15 PM
BiboB, I was thinking of the Yahoo Radha Soami Studies discussion group. Unfiltered. Unedited. Unmoderated. Also, often unintelligible.
Posted by: Brian Hines | February 06, 2015 at 05:29 PM
This is Jose, i want to say hello to Phil. He is my friend.
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