It's been a while, but Open Thread has been resurrected. This blog has been getting comments that don't fit with the topic of the post in which the comment was made.
So here's another Open Thread (previous OTs are still open, of course). Leave a comment about anything you want to talk about. I'll try to remember to always have an Open Thread showing in the Recent Posts section in the right sidebar.
Comments on other posts need to be related to the subject of the post, or they will be candidates for deletion. So an Open Thread is the place for pro-religion remarks and whatever.
Back in 2015 I wrote "No preachiness" reminder for commenters. Click on that link to learn what is acceptable as a comment on a post other than an Open Thread. I'll also copy in that post below for easy reading.
Unpublished, guy or gal. Guess you've forgotten my post of a few months ago about a new commenting policy.
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.
For example, I just wrote about the mystery of existence. Comment away on this post if you want.
But say something about the freaking mystery of existence -- not something like, "God created everything" or "Just meditate at the eye center and you'll know."
I look upon blogging as much more of a conversation, than as a free speech forum. If a group of people is talking about some topic, it is discourteous and disruptive to burst into the conversation by saying something completely irrelevant.
Though this happens on the Internet all the time, I don't want it to happen here.
Sharing fresh, creative ideas is great. Just make them at least somewhat relevant to the topic at hand -- what's been written about in a blog post.