Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

achtung baby !!

I'm not going mad at anyone here, so please don't get me wrong. And I don't want anyone to take any of this personally, OK? And I do like this blog to have a chatty, informal feel to it. But... I also want it to be serious about serious issues.

So I'm asking people who wish to comment on this blog to follow these commenting guidelines:

On serious topics, please try to keep your comments on-topic. A bit of banter is fine, but let's not derail the discussion, eh?

Needless to say posts of a trivial nature are open to full spectrum frivolity and unbounded banter.

Fair enough?


Blogger Deirdre said...

To make sure of no misplacements, Gerry, I think you should modify the footer at the end of each post to say either "Serious comments" or "Frivolous banter".

And this has been a "frivolous banter"-er.

(Your post sounds just a little bit scary, you know.)

December 14, 2005 9:08 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Deirdre, In what way is it scary? I went to great lengths not to rip heads off. What do you people want from me. I've come a long way, I think...

Sheesh!!! And here's me fighting hard not to delete obfuscatory crap from the comments threads of posts of a most serious and important nature, so I take 15 Valiums, wait half an hour, and draft what I thought was the most diplomatic post ever posted in the blogosphere, and you say you find it a bit scary?

Bloody hell! You ingrates are just never going to be happpy, are you?

(This was me being a tad frivolous)

December 14, 2005 9:24 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Amendment #1 To The Guidelines:

If you can't tell the difference between a serious topic and a frivolous one, then perhaps a long period of monastic contemplation, in seclusion, well away from a pooter which can connect to the internet might be in order.

December 14, 2005 10:09 AM  
Blogger JahTeh said...

It's me isn't it *sobs* I can't help my sense of humour *sobs* it's the only way I can crawl through life *sobs* cruel bear *sobs* cutting off my commenting *sobs* I'm crushed *sobs* crushed *sobs heartrendingly*

December 14, 2005 1:22 PM  
Blogger chumpsrock said...

Unbounded! Unbounded!
This is it, Folks!


Gerry, would it be completely lame for an American Diogenes fan to use the infamous 'G'Day' from time to time in his or her Diogenes comments?

December 14, 2005 2:05 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

JahTeh, [chuckle] been there, done that...

Rocker, you can say G'day anytime.

Now, people, what is it? Am I being to restrictive, too anal, too prescriptive, too fascist? What!!! You vill tell me!!! Jawohl???

December 14, 2005 4:01 PM  
Blogger Deirdre said...

Are you being a stirrer, pray tell?

I meant you sounded scary because there's not a huge leap between telling people how they must say something ("Speak my language or don't speak at all"), and telling them what or what not to say. That's all. I just think you're becoming a dictator ;)

And I'd like my own special commenting category, please: "Stupid clowning".

PS. It's your blog and your kingdom. Obviously you should feel free to do whatever you like with it. If you're sick of all the riffraff, you should feel absolutely free to cruelly exclude us.

December 14, 2005 5:34 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Deirdre, this blog is not a democracy. I am the dictator here. I will try to be a benign dictator.

This is my house and these are my house rules. I believe they are most reasonable and conducive to a better blogging experience for all. Welcome to Tough Love blogging... ;-)

Those who do not like the guidlines will no doubt stay away in droves. Such people will not be missed because to me they are saying "we insist on the right to piss on your floor anytime we want to".

Have you read the guidelines? Are they unreasonable? I'm willing to change them if you (or anyone else) can convince me that there's something wrong with them.

I want people to comment. I love a good debate or discussion. But I want them to stay on-topic if the post's topic is a serious one. I'll try and post frivolous posts more frequently, and in those, there are no rules. I am not very good at small talk though. Never have been. Too bad. Even I have limitations.

I just hate it when you get a good discussion going and people come in and go off topic or resort ot flippant one liners and the discussion is killed.

December 14, 2005 7:31 PM  
Blogger Deirdre said...

That should be your blog title: A Better Blogging Experience For All (aka Gerry's Kingdom). But you really can't be a dictator with a name like Gerry. I think you need to get the marketing people onto that: more hard sounds; gotta show you mean business. Saying the name should involve spitting.

But seriously now (I'm practising), you're sounding unreasonably reasonable. It really is annoying when something stops the flow of a comment thread if it was previously ripping along nicely. On the other hand, sometimes a new angle can jump-start a whole new thread, but I do see what you mean. Fair enough. (Damn it.)

December 14, 2005 8:20 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Deirdre, a new angle can still be on-topic, or it can be the seed for a new blog post either on this blog or on yours for example.

Glad you haven't run away just yet.

December 14, 2005 8:38 PM  
Blogger Link said...

Changing the subject subject?? Happens to me ALL THE TIME. I'm just about to unfold some great pearl of wisdom and some twit changes the subject.

This used to be a great cause of annoyance to me but now I get to be philosophical about it. and I have largely given up trying the pearls before swine thing. A very bastardised tale to illustrate:

Joseph said "I will sell you the book of wisdom for 10 gold pieces" And all said, "Hey that's cheap" Joseph then said AND I will GIVE AWAY the key to understanding it. Oh yawn, they all said and trudged off.

Such people I have decided were never intended to behold my pearl. And are much more comfortable talking about the weather.

I wasn't aware that alot of people made unrelated comments on your blog gerry.

December 14, 2005 9:04 PM  
Blogger Mother Damnable said...

Ok It's me isn't it?

Sorry Gerry!

I'm out of favour all round anyway, Anarchists calling Muslims Fascists. Me being asked if I'd march with the BNP!

I'm fuming now, you and me Gerry, out in the yard, bare knuckle, no holds barred!

Please feel free to delete/disregard this comment.

December 14, 2005 9:42 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Link, you need to operate your blog as you see fit. I don't suffer fools gladly. Some say this is a clue to a diabolical psychological trait. Others say the only good fool is a dead fool. I just say "If you see a fool in the road, kill him." Kehlog Albran said "The Earth is just like a grain of sand, only much, much bigger..." Philosophy is not rocket science...

MD, you're OK. I'd love you to explain Anarchism to me. I can't see how it's anything except a free ticket for the next control-freak to take charge. I'm pretty thick, so I don't like your chances...

December 14, 2005 11:28 PM  
Blogger Mother Damnable said...

Bloody hell Gerry, you don't want much from me do ya?

Bush into toad, now an explanation!

I believe that if we were all take responsibility for our own selves and work collectively together there would be no need for laws or

That's it in a nutshell, I lived at Greenham Common at the Peace Camp and it was total Anarchy there, yet we managed to make strong and positive moves.

Yes, there would need to be a massive sea change for this to happen, I suppose a start would be to admit that we're all control freaks, yet the only person we can ever really control is our own selves :>)

Meanwhile (unashamed plug) I've been given the most wonderful link and I'd love for you to come and share it with me.

December 15, 2005 1:10 AM  
Blogger the urban fox said...

Gerry, you're good at this strict thing. Were you a teacher in a former life?

(I guess that counts as frivolous, in which case I am heading for detention)

December 15, 2005 1:56 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

You guys are hanging me out to dry over this, eh. :-)

Well I'll stick to my guns here. I still say that what I'm proposing is nothing more than good blogging etiquette.

But I'm surprised no one has yet crucified me with the obvious. I've been a bad boy on occasion when visiting other blogs. So I now have to behave myself on other people's blogs a lot more. How awful! :-)

MD, for anarchy to work, you'd have to have a population of honest, ethical, and responsible people - poeple who would not exploit the system for their own ends. Can you envisage us ever having such a population? And if so, how do we get there from here? But don't reply here, I've created a fresh post where we can discuss Anarchy some more.

Fox, blame my parents, the schools I attended, this frigging society, and last but not least, the Army. I used to be sergeant. I've de-programmed myself a bit, but there's still a long way to go. Until I get the hang of this Anarchy thing, we'll run a slightly less than completely slack ship here, ok? ;-)

December 15, 2005 10:00 AM  
Blogger chumpsrock said...

Maybe I misunderstood.
You mean we have to stick to the topic of discussion AND behave?

December 15, 2005 12:43 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Rocker, You don't "have to" anything. You are free. So am I.

"On serious topics, please try to keep your comments on-topic. A bit of banter is fine, but let's not derail the discussion, eh?"

"Needless to say posts of a trivial nature are open to full spectrum frivolity and unbounded banter."

I will exercise my freedom to keep this blog free from extraneous crap by deleting said crap.

I think you're all over-reacting. Very few comment if any will end up getting deleted. It's just that I've come to the realisation that no one has the right to derail serious converstions with twaddle.

As long as you keep paying me those compliments, Rocker, you're safe as houses... ;-)

December 15, 2005 2:21 PM  

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