Admiral Gnome has throttled back on the comment section until further notice. Watching some of you boys piss all over each others shoes got old quick. The comment section will re-appear in due time. After cooler heads have prevailed. In plain English, probably somewhere around Monday. (Note: it’s not really 100% off, you can still click through and comment on old posts. Do try to behave yourselves.)
Regarding the issue of First Amendment rights (see Hurben’s inquiry as an example), frankly you don’t have any around here. The First Amendment prohibits the making of any law which would infringe on the freedom of speech (see wiki). The threshold issue is the action of the government. Where there is no state action, the activity in question does not give rise to an actionable claim for the infringements of the constitutional rights alleged. We are not a state actor. Therefore we are not infringing upon anyone’s rights by turning off the comment section.
We may be stifling “speech” (I hate to call what you idiots were yelling at each other “speech”), but we’re fully allowed to do so. This is our bat, our ball, and our glove. Tough stance? Perhaps. Are we censoring? Perhaps. But instead of focusing an exact blade of deletion, we are simply applying an across the board curtailment of commentary privileges. None of us want to monitor your conversations, and none of us want to sit here and watch you yell at each other. It is bring all us down, or in the common vernacular – you are harshing my double rainbow.
Futhermore, there is no constitutional right to view, read or comment on this website. We can turn off the comment section whenever we damn well please. So there.
Now go to your room.by