It appears that I'm not alone in worrying about the language that can appear on weblogs, including my own
The BBC reports that "Readers should be warned when they are reading blogs that may contain "crude language", a draft blogging code of conduct has suggested."
"The draft says people should not be allowed to leave anonymous comments.
Blogs which are open and uncensored should post an "anything goes" logo to the site to warn readers, the code suggests.
Readers of these blogs would be warned: "We are not responsible for the comments of any poster, and when discussions get heated, crude language, insults and other "off colour" comments may be encountered. Participate in this site at your own risk."
At the heart of the issue is the degree of freedom afforded to people who want to comment on blog posts."
Many readers, I know, disagree with my efforts to maintain a "polite society" here but then I'm encouraged by the silent majority who still value intelligent restraint. At least one benefit of not running an anonymous 'Blog' is that three people approached me on the beach this morning, walking my dog, for a chat, with ideas for Westgate and I certainly believe that allowing an "anything goes" policy here would be destructive.
You may have noticed by the way that comment moderation was turned-off again over the Easter weekend. I'm hoping it can stay that way and once again, I welcome all comments as long as the house rules on bad language and personal comments involving real people and not anonymous characters, aren't broken.