Some of you will have noticed that this blog has been receiving a number of comments recently asking me to write about a particular topic. Those comments have a vaguely threatening tone and the writer seems purposely unwilling to recognize that "Rolling Around in My Head" is a personal blog. Demands are being made for me to write about issues that, while it might be different some day, have not arisen in such a way that makes the topic relevant to a personal blog.
I am very careful with moderating this blog. I started it because someone made serious threats towards me and said that they were going to dominate my blog through comments. I turned on moderation and the attack never happened. I left it on because I was able to filter out a lot of spam which, I think, makes reading the comments a much more pleasant task.
Even so I have very seldomly ever refused a comment, even those wishing to hijack the conversation and force me to write material I had no intention of writing. I recieved two comments in the past few days that I couldn't figure out of they were spam or they were actual comments. They involved telling me that someone had claimed I was involved in some kind of devious attack on them, that I was coordinating it, even though the acknowledge I'd only spoken to them once. I read the name, didn't recognize it at all, and after much mulling I deleted them. They have not reappeared.
As a result of all this though, I've decided that I need to update my comment policy. It now reads:
Thank you for your comment. Disagreement with the blog post and heated debate about issues raised are welcome. However, comments which personally attack or bully another or comments which are not relevant to the blog post or the blog theme may be removed.
There have been many, very many, times when readers have written to say essentially, "I know this isn't about your post today but I wondered if you'd seen or heard about ..." Then they'd share something related to disability or disability awareness. Those, of course, are still welcome because they reflect the overall theme of the blog.
I don't like becoming stricter about the comment section, but I know that the comments have been upsetting to a number of readers, I want to acknowledge their concerns, and, frankly, the comments have been disturbing for me to read as well.
So please note the new comment policy. It goes into effect immediately.