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New Achenblog Comment Policy

For a couple of weeks we've allowed comments on this blog, and most of the comments have been entertaining and informative. But occasionally readers post comments that I know they regret later. They unintentionally come off as humorless, snippety and sanctimonious. This blog is a sanctimony-free zone. I feel as though I should PROTECT these readers from the embarrassment that inevitably follows their misguided comments. The most direct solution would be to turn off the Comments function altogether. We could restore the blog to its former solipsistic purity.

Instead, I am implementing a new policy on comments. The policy is built around a simple rule:

YOU DO NOT JUDGE ME.

It's not that I'm above criticism. It's that the nature of any blog is that it is fundamentally beneath contempt. It's just not that interesting to say that I'm a dingdong. Tell us something we don't know!!

On the crucial question of whether my jokes are actually "funny," the new policy states clearly that they are. If my jokes weren't funny I wouldn't have written them to begin with. The way you KNOW something is funny is by its presence on the blog. Things that aren't funny are not on the blog. That is a bright line distinction that anyone can grasp.

Also, do not tell me that the photo that runs with the blog makes me look like a twerpy, sniveling social zero whose idea of a wild time is staying up to midnight playing Parcheesi.

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 1, 2005; 9:20 AM ET
 
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