There’s something that I’ve had to take action on several occasions in recent weeks. It is something which I personally consider very serious and I thought I should spell it out.
I will not tolerate references to someone’s (supposed) mental health status as an ad hominem attack.
I’m particularly thinking of things like
- References to people being on or off their meds.
- Descriptions of people as ‘mad’ ‘nutters’ or ‘looneys’
In general, I’d ask you to think twice before using words like that at all, but in general I’m not that fussed when people describe ideas, concepts or arguments as ‘nuts’, ‘crazy’ etc, and I certainly don’t have a problem with phrases which clearly refer to ideological and political positions (eg wingnuts, whackadoodles or whatever) - but a direct assertion of mental illness against other commenters is strictly off limits.
Why? Two reasons. The first is that there is a fair possibility that some of the people reading your comments at any given time do indeed have mental health problems and comments like those could quite reasonably make them feel excluded or alienated.
The second is that many of the people I know who have mental health issues – including some that have quite serious psychiatric diagnoses – are highly intelligent and/or educated people with experiences, opinions and viewpoints that are vastly better thought-out and informed and vastly more intelligent than most so-called ‘sane’ people.
This type of comment is extremely stigmatising and harmful and will not be tolerated here.
You are welcome to discuss this issue below, but I’ll tell you now, this decision is final.
Please take this opportunity to let me know of any other issues you have with moderation here.
Thanks all for your co-operation.