Saturday, October 01, 2005

Y'all have convinced me

Thanks to all who have helped me to decide on a phasing out schedule for this blog!

I has become clear that the time for allowing anonymous comments has come, and gone. To those of you who still claim to be at the mercy of malicious, vindictive managers who would use the knowledge of your posting on this blog against you, I say "Grow some spine, stand up to the jerk."

To those of you who say that disallowing anonymous comments will kill the blog, I say, "Let's have a wake!"

If traffic drops to zero because it is too much work to send an email, as compared to clicking on the "Post a comment" link, then I say "Geez, I've run out of spoons for feeding you all, and you don't really need a blog any more, clearly. Look elsewhere for a venue to complain about your problems."

It's been an interesting ride, but we can all start to think about getting off it now. Comments from now on will be allowed to registered blogger.com members. And, before some smartass rushes to create an "anonymous" account just to prove to me that he can do so, be advised that I will delete any comments that come from such accounts.

Brad and I will keep the blog running in this more civilized, responsible mode for a while longer. Myself, since I am coming back as an associate soon, I have an interest in keeping a discussion forum open until a new contractor is selected and has taken over from the existing contractor.

Until then, cheers, and feel free, as always, to email your complaints, comments, suggestions, etc. to

lanlblog@parrot-farm.net

--Doug

Comments:
> ...the time for allowing anonymous
> comments has come, and gone.

*Long* gone.

> To those of you who still claim to be
> at the mercy of malicious, vindictive
> managers who would use the knowledge of
> your posting on this blog against you,
> I say "Grow some spine, stand up to the
> jerk."

Amen!

> If traffic drops to zero because it is
> too much work to send an email, as
> compared to clicking on the "Post a
> comment" link, then I say "Geez, I've
> run out of spoons for feeding you all,
> and you don't really need a blog any
> more, clearly. Look elsewhere for a
> venue to complain about your problems."

Exactly. Way to go, Doug.

> And, before some smartass rushes to
> create an "anonymous" account just to
> prove to me that he can do so, be
> advised that I will delete any comments
> that come from such accounts.

Outstanding. I applaud this decision
heartily, Doug.
 
Ditto what John Turner said. I have been wanting to suggest for some time that anonymous postings should be discontinued here. I never really bought into the excuse of "abusive managers using a blog posting as an excuse to persecute the poor little LANL employee" as sufficient justification. Anonymous posting is still permitted, and that should be sufficient for addressing really sensitive or inflammatory issues.

Allowing comments only from registered blogger.com users is a good compromise, in that anyone who is not too lazy to register will be able to participate. If someone gets out of line, Doug and Brad can contact blogger.com and request that the poster's privileges be suspended.
 
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