Due to our capricious spamfilter, I have been spending more time than perhaps I should “fishing” through our “Spam Queue,” rescuing the legitimate comments hidden amidst Viagra ads and other strange spam. I try to error on the side of inclusion and have frequently published comments attacking Bruce, myself and others who comment here regularly.
I don’t think the ad hominems are in good form, but also believe sunlight is the best disinfectant. Like Ann Althouse, I believe “in the marketplace of ideas. . . . Is it not better to have scurrilous ideas out in the sunlight where they can die?”
All too often alas, those who chime in to defend Bruce or me compromise some very strong comments when they resort to ad hominem, using the term “libtard’ or some such. In many cases, if they took the insult out of the comment, they’d have won the argument anyway. That need to get in that additional dig, while emotional satisfying, compromises their entire argument and gives our critics ammunition to attack them.
There have been some really great exchanges in the comments thread to this blog, sometimes including those who occasionally use ad hominems. But, we could use more argument and less insult.
By the way, I hope the rest of you noticed that I responded to Kevin’s post without resorting to insulting him or calling him names. He’s entitled to his opinion as I am to mine. I’d like to see more mature debate on this site and less ad hominem attacks.
So would I.
Our readers should make his wish a reality. And follow his example.
UPDATE from Bruce (GayPatriot) – I could not agree more with *everything* Dan wrote above. One more thing – the auto Spam Filter is NOT a conspiracy against certain comments or individuals. Sheesh.