As I scan the OC blogsphere, a persistent theme pops up that we (The editors at TheLiberalOC.com) delete comments we don’t agree with.Â That’s simply not true.Â All comments generally go into moderation.Â If you’re comment doesn’t pop up that instant simply means one of us hasn’t gotten to it in order to approve it.
Some exceptions to the rule:Â spammers send comments to various posts all the time and those are deleted.Â If yourÂ Â comment has nothing to do with the thread at hand, it will get purged.Â If your comment is laced with profanity or if you flat out libel someone, your comment has a snowball’s chance in hell of getting published here.
If you want to criticize someone in Orange County, the Republican Party, an elected official, someone in the Democratic Party, a media member, a media institution, someone in the Libertarian Party, or any of us on the LiberalOC blog roll for positions on issues, go right ahead.Â If fact, we prefer you sign your own name to your comment rather than hide behind an alias.
But if you make your comment personal, with a derogatory insult about someone’s age, gender, race, profession,height, weight, hair style or lack of hair, who they resemble, or what sort of car they drive, etc., etc. etc., your comment isn’t going to show up.Â
Â We know that many readers here disagree with people like Matt Cunningham and Steven Greenhut on a number of issues, but our debates with them here and on their own respective blogsÂ are debates of ideas,Â positions on issues and the vetting of certain facts.Â And frankly, we welcome debates of this nature.
So if your comment doesn’t appear johnny-on-the-flipping-spot, hang in there.Â It will show up eventually.Â Â Â
Dan Chmielewski, Managing Editor