Category Archive: Open threads

Jan 18 2014

A quick update on moderation policy

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 …

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Dec 09 2013

Just dropping by

Hi there. Just a quick fly-by to say I’m doing some contract work at the moment, generally up to my eyeballs, and haven’t had time to blog. If any regular readers are in London, you might like to know that I’m in Hackney on Thursday night, at the near-legendary BBC Question Time Watchalong  night. I’m …

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Nov 08 2013

This week’s witterings at large

A couple of things building on familiar HetPat themes elsewhere this week. On Comment is Free I mused a little on my initial reactions to Angry White Men, the new book by Michael Kimmel, which has pretty strong links to some of what I’ve been discussing in the Malestrom series. I plan to post a …

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Aug 19 2013

Y’all need a holiday

Well, you’re getting one whether you need it or not! Going to be away for the best part of a fortnight, so rather than worrying about what you’re all saying behind my back, I’ll be switching off comments on all posts later this evening, so if you want to get in the last word on …

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Jul 20 2013

Musings on moderation

Since I moved this blog to FTB, I’ve received about 50 comments every day on average. Over the past few weeks it has been closer to 100 per day. Many of these comments are long and intricate, thoughtful and carefully expressed. Others not so much, but I welcome them all. As a general rule, I …

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Jul 09 2013

Just checking in…

I haven’t had time to add any sparkling new content (or even sludgy prose) to this blog for a week or so, normal service should resume shortly. In the meantime, a couple of pieces of mine have gone up elsewhere this week. In the Guardian, I reflected on what Andy Murray’s victory at Wimbledon might …

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Jun 05 2013

A quick interjection / open thread

Well this has been fun. It is hard to believe but I’ve only been here at FTB for a month and a day. A quick update on the league tables Posts = 14 Pageviews = 43,709 Comments = 1,381 Deleted comments (ex. spam) = 0 Banned users = 0 Stiff talkings to = a couple …

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