This week's Comment of the Week comes later than its usual Sunday eve spot, due to the amazing NY weekend of marriage equality and the frenetic excitement of the NYC Pride Parade yesterday. Yay! Gosh, I'm tired! But it's good tired.
Here are our two comments of the week, each by a different commenter, and an announcement about stricter enforcement of the TOS policy. On my The New Republic Cover Story On Trans Rights:
Brandi Parker, a woman who believes that transgender women are deluding themselves, said:
Deena I don't have and attitude but I don't much care for people who would call themselves women but they want to keep and use their dicks for other then pissing. IMO they're just diluted and living in a fantasy world. This is the "REAL" world and theres men who have penis and women whop have vagina's thats it sweetie now look down your pants or skirt or whatever and as the bear say see what you can see.
Deena, a transgender woman who believes that transsexual separatists are funny, said:
Tina you are funny. Brandi is funny. Both pretend to be women. Sorry if that is somehow insulting but its simply the truth. Just to clarify, I do not have a penis. Now tell me when your last period ended. You see, I am tired of your charades. Are you XX or XY or something else? Stake your claim loud and clear to superiority over others.
Lovely, isn't it? Doesn't it make you want to come to Bilerico and engage in conversation about our community's issues? Not only did these comments get TOSed, but four or five IP addresses that had multiple TOS violations recently have been banned from commenting.
Here's our TOS policy:
While arguing about an opinion or idea is encouraged, personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please be respectful of others.
The editorial team will delete a comment that is off-topic, abusive, exceptionally incoherent, includes a slur or is soliciting and/or advertising.
We've been quite lenient about this, but as Bil pointed out recently in his post, I Often Feel The Same, we have a lot of people who comment and complain about everything or try to start daily flame wars. It's not the majority of Projectors by any means, but that vocal minority has really turned people off to our comments section. It's the most common negative people mention about the site. There were 80 comments on that post.
After careful consideration, we have decided to more strictly enforce our comments policy, and to ban those who receive multiple TOS violations. Studies show that the only deterrents that work are those that are swift, certain and severe, and that is how our TOS policy will work. Bil has asked me to be the final arbiter if there are questions about how to enforce the policy. Lucky me, eh?
Here's the dividing line that I will enforce. There is a difference between saying that someone's idea is garbage, and saying that another commenter is garbage. (This suddenly reminded me of an old Star Trek episode where a Klingon starts a fight by telling Scotty "I didn't mean to say the Enterprise should be hauling garbage. I meant to say the Enterprise should be hauled away as garbage." A melee ensued.) No threadjacking, no calling names.
Of course we all get heated at times when discussing things that so personally affect our lives, and I have much compassion for that. But please keep your hands to yourself.
As Bil says, Bilerico is our home, and unruly guests will be shown the door.