One big [reasonable] party

We’ve had our share of difficulties with encouraging, and moderating, reasoned debate – in the past *fingers crossed*.. But anyone thinking that it’s a problem exclusive to Slugger should think again. Via the Instapundit, here’s an interesting analogy from US blog The Volokh Conspiracy – Comments threads as parties.. “But remember, (1) it’s the host’s party, and (2) hey, it’s only a party.”

He expands on his reasonable requests for commenters to be –

“as calm, reasoned, and substantive as possible,” to “avoid rants, invective, and substantial and repeated exaggeration,” to “[s]tick[] with substance,” or, “[i]f you think people would view you as a crank, a blowhard, or as someone who vastly overdoes it on the hyperbole, [to] rewrite your post before hitting enter.”

If only *ahem*

A slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a bit of background about me here. You can email me using this spam-proof link if you really need to, and Slugger is @sluggerotoole on Twitter. But above all, remember, Play the ball and not the man.