I’m going out of town for a few days. Posts will resume on Tuesday. A message to my merry cohort of frequent commentators: Play amongst yourselves. Just try to play nice.
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By Sean — 11 years ago
My internet connection was down since Saturday. When I was able to connect last night, a whopping 160+ comments were posted to SRB. As one can see, I’ve given up trying to moderate the comments. First, there are too many to monitor and I don’t have the time or desire to read through them. Second, it seems that the several people who do regularly comment seem to be enjoying themselves. I figure, why spoil the fun. Third, I want to keep things as open as possible. This requires that I don’t make any judgments about who crosses the line and when. Plus the rhetorical response seems to be accusations of bias and favoritism. However true they latter may be (I’ve never claimed nor would I ever claim to be objective. I find “objectivity” meaningless anyway.), I don’t want to play schoolyard monitor. If someone kicks sand in your face, either kick back or walk away. I will of course give my view at times.
With all that said, I do want to make a few statements to new and reoccurring commenters.
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- Since I’m not moderating comments and it has become a free for all, any comments made are the opinion of the commenter alone and not that of Sean’s Russia Blog.
- If you comment, you do so at your own risk. If people verbally jump all over you like rabid dogs, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
- As one can see, flame wars are ablaze in the comment’s section. The best way to avoid getting burnt is don’t respond to provocation. There are several sensible people who comment on SRB. There are also flat out provocateurs who apparently hide behind “anonymous” and a variety of sockpuppets. The best thing to do is ignore these maniacal egoists. Just remember sticks and stones . . .
- And please, please try not to make SRB too hostile of a place. I appreciate that many of you have turned SRB into a virtual meeting place. It would be unfortunate if a few made the place so poisonous that people are just turned off.
- Have fun!
By Sean — 8 years ago
I’ve been doing a bit of soul searching in the last few weeks about this blog, its purpose, and, more importantly, my relationship to it. Nothing too deep, and perhaps “soul searching” isn’t the right word. Let’s say I’ve been doing a bit of reflecting.
This reflecting was also coupled by the fact that I’ve haven’t had the energy/time/inspiration to write. The main reason for this is that I’ve been tending to other things–applying for jobs, starting research on a new project on race in Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries, writing an article on war trauma, and
By Sean — 11 years ago
Now time for some shameless self promotion. For the last few weeks, Andy Young, who runs the impeccable Siberian Light, has been conducting interviews of bloggers of Russia. Today his interview with me went up on his site. Read and be merry.Tags: Russia|Siberian Light|Soviet Union|Putin|Komsomol|youth politics|Russian history|Russian politicsPost Views: 263