The other day I felt obliged, for the first time since I started this blog, to delete a comment and put someone on moderation. This reader posted what I saw as a highly incendiary racist screed, using language and tone that I simply find unacceptable no matter who it’s directed against; particularly on my blog, which I have worked hard to make open and friendly to people of all religions and ethnicities.
That said, while I don’t regret my actions, I’m still bothered by the whole situation. My interpretation of ξενία (hospitality), not to mention gastblogschaft, tells me that I did the right thing to create the best environment for the greatest number… but the flip side is that I did shut the door pretty firmly in someone’s face, and I don’t feel good about that. I also don’t like feeling that I’m running the risk of creating an echo chamber. Although I don’t think it’s likely, if this person chooses to post in the future, on topic and with due consideration, they will be welcome.
On a lighter note, I’ve noticed a definite trend in my stats in the last couple of months – every day or two somebody finds me by searching on “myth” and either “purpose” or “utility” (sometimes both). I’m not sure if this means something significant, or whether we’re at a point in school curricula where students are needing to look up this kind of thing, or what exactly; but I find it interesting. The other major search term for me recently is “ekstatis worship”… maybe because of this US News & World Report article?