Why I've had to start moderating my posts
When I joined the Hubpages community I knew that not everyone is going to share my opinion. Neither do I wear rose-colored glasses and assume that everyone who does disagree with me is going to be Mr. or Mrs. Polite about expressing a differing view. It just isn't the way the world works. However, I did expect for the community to be generally decent -which it is, thank the gods and thank my fellow Hubbers. For this I am utterly appreciative, as goodness knows there are enough trolls outside of here. I enjoy seeing mature people differ in a mature manner. As a parent I hear enough he-said, she-said bickering from raising four children. For these reasons the general deportment by Hubpages members has, and still is, refreshing.
And for quite awhile I had left my settings to allow for any comments to automatically appear.
Unfortunately, I just can't do this anymore. I apologize for any inconvenience or possible disappointment this poses for the many mature and rational people I have come to know and respect at Hubpages. This decision is no reflection on your behavior. My decision comes not as a reaction to an average negative comment. Nor have I had a ranter suddenly pop out of the highway bushes with a hasty drive-by snark. Nope, nothing that painless. I have encountered something else, something I just think is rather unhealthy to risk encountering again. Without dropping any names, let me just explain what this risk is by a headline. It is a bogus headline to be sure, but I fear if I don't put safety first at my Hubs something very similar to this just might be in my future.
I invite all mature Hubbers to continue reading my posts, and yes, if you happen to disagree with me, submit your comment. If that comment is respectful, non-rabid and otherwise not suspected to cause possible fatal boredom in others, the chances are that baby's going to be approved.
As for the energetic minority here who have compelled me to make this change: if the biggest thrill in your life is submitting argumentative, insulting rants disguised as comments and long enough to fill a novel, may I suggest you use your time more productively and just write an actual book? Don't be shy just because you may suffer from some obsessive-compulsive disorder that drives you to spend endless hours arguing your point to others you already know won't be bullied into into agreeing. There are plenty of people who started out as mere bloggers and went on to have successful careers on talk radio with a lot LESS to say than you probably ever will (note emphasis on probably). These angry people have found a welcoming niche among equally angry listeners. Not only this but several of these people have penned bestselling angry books now, and a few have even ended up hosting their own angry shows on TV. Have no doubt that someone, somewhere, is going to find your "genre" and words absolutely riveting. I just don't happen to have the kind of raw stamina it requires to read lengthy diatribes without having to prop my eyelids open with toothpicks. Yes, I'm totally without that level of superhuman attention prowess. But I do wish you good luck and good writing and ranting and whatever other goal you aspire to reach. Just do yourselves a favor and get out from under the bridge for a breath of fresh air every now and then.
"But Orcs and Trolls spoke as they would, without love of words or things; and their language was actually more degraded and filthy than I have shown it. I do not suppose that any will wish for a closer rendering, though models are easy to find. Much the same sort of talk can still be heard among the orc-minded; dreary and repetitive with hatred and contempt, too long removed from good to retain even verbal vigour, save in the ears of those to whom only the squalid sounds strong." ~ J.R.R. Tolkien
Before winning "Pundit of the Year" Claude Baughlls Pusse was the first recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Trolling. He was awarded with the Golden Scratch Post and a years supply of free-range salmon.