It had to happen eventually: I am writing this for the record for this blog. I reserve the right to delete comments that I feel are inappropriate. I don’t mean comments that disagree with me; debate is healthy, and discussion is good, and I will never intentionally stifle dissenting points of view presented civilly and in the spirit of debate. But spam will be deleted, as will vitriol, attacks, bullying, and general assholery.
If you’d like to see why I maintain this policy, here’s an example, unedited:
I hate people like you. You have a job and you sit there and hate me for trying to get one. Fuck you, you make the world darker by not giving people a chance. You’re a terrible person who has the power to make someone’s day but you just say my way or the highway. I’m glad you got your little bit of power in this world and you use it to crush more souls. Fuck off.
As you might guess, that came from the cover letter post. I don’t take it personally. While I’m sorry that some anonymous soul in Birmingham, Alabama is having a soul-crushing experience on the job hunt, I am not obligated to accept those kinds of insults in a space I call my own, nor does someone else’s blind rage cause me to suddenly rethink my carefully considered professional opinions. I’m wise enough to know that this is an example of someone who is hurt and looking for a way to lash out at the injustice they perceive, but… no. Just no. That is not my responsibility, nor my burden to bear. This kind of “discourse” adds nothing to any discussion here, and I see no reason to let it stand. Anything similar will be deleted, and this post serves as notice of that policy.