Comment moderation

I’ve published this blog for eight years, and I’m still shocked and amazed at how touchy and sensitive some readers can be… I mean here we are supposedly, prepared for the worse that TEOTWAWKI can throw our way, but can’t even deal with another commenter who happens to post a comment that disagrees with them or their view of how they think things are or should be.

All I can say is good grief on a stick, grow up and toughen up. Believe me the world isn’t going to get any easier and if you can’t deal with a troll or someone who has a different view than you do and tells you about it, without pouting off mad, how do you expect to make it when the electricity hasn’t been on for six months and your pantry is empty…

Looking through the comments and my emails it looks to be the same 3-4 readers that are constantly, getting their feeling hurt, emailing me and demanding that I blacklist other commenters and delete  any comments that disagree with them, or telling me what I should and should not post because they personally don’t agree and then threatening to leave the blog  if I don’t get it done right now…

The sad thing about it is that when I go look at the comment that they are falling to pieces over, I’m usually left scratching my head trying to figure out why they were offended in the first place… It’s crazy…

Folks, that’s why I put the report comment button on the blog with every comment posted, some of you will remember that I used to moderate all comments, but then decided to give readers the option of  having most of their comments appear instantly and to be self-moderated, but a few are getting so sensitive that this is no longer possible.

I’ve seen so much of this recently, that I’ve decided too temporarily (probably permanently) moderate all comments before posting, so no one gets their feeling hurt in the future. I hope this helps. Thanks.

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  1. If my words offended anyone, I apologize. I try to state my views in terms of what I believe, w/out criticizing those who see things differently. But looking back, I recognize that some of my comments were in disagreement -what could be interpreted as argumentative. I’d noticed a little name-calling, but didn’t realize that the conversations had sunk to the level described here.

    MD, thanks for providing this site & forum. I respect ur judgement & decisions. I keep coming back to this site b/c it consistently offers helpful articles. & allowing comments gives us opportunities to ask questions, clarify, & encourage each other. Those of us who work w/ the public realize that there are going to be a few unhappy campers no matter what.

    • Kat's Tale says:

      The world needs more people that can step up to the plate and offer an apology. It might be a better place if there were. In my personal opinion it show the strength of an individual not his/her weakness. Well done.

  2. Here is MD’s ‘Comments Policy”
    Here is part of MD’s Comments Policy for all of us:
    Language and Manners: This blog is “family friendly” and comments which include offensive or inappropriate language, or considered by the blog owner and administrator to be rude and offensive, will be edited or deleted. Play nice.

    No Personal Attack Comments Permitted: In the interest of fair play, no personal attacks are permitted in this blog’s comments. You may question or argue the content, but not attack the blogger, nor any other commenters. Failure to respect fellow participants on this blog could result in removal and blocked access.

    Commenters Blocked: Anyone who violates this Comments Policy may be blocked from future access and/or commenting on this blog.

    Rights Reserved: We reserve the right to edit, delete, move, or mark as spam any and all comments. They also have the right to block access to any one or group from commenting or from the entire blog.

  3. Draq wraith says:

    Oh also consider this some folks just fat fingers their devices and hit the wrong location on the screens. If your baffled by the sender consider that as a possible.

  4. I am usually just a lurker… but it seems like a good time to just say thanks for all the work you put into this blog. Sad that some can’t stay constructive, but the vast majority of us really appreciate what you are doing here.

    THANK YOU M.D. !

  5. Thanks for all that you do MD. Thanks to all of you who participate in a meaningful way. That includes the jokes.

    I don’t get to read or post often any more but I do value the information, insights and caring thoughts of all here.

    Your blog, your call on what to do MD.

  6. Brearbear says:

    ” I’ve decided too temporarily (probably permanently) moderate all comments before posting”.

    M.D. Creekmore

    “it must be very time consuming to find and publish all this information, line up advertisers, read and approve the submitted articles, co-ordinate the prize packages, and moderate the hundreds of comments that come through here each week”. Momma Mc

    “We are all different people. From different parts of the country. We are different religions, races, and have different political views. But we all come to this site to better prepare for what could happen down the road. I may not agree with all of the things some of you say. And you may not agree with some of the things I say. But I still respect your opinion. And that is how it should be. We are free (at least for now. Lol.) to express our thoughts and opinions. If I don’t like a comment that was made, I move on to the next one”.
    “Politically correctness is a crock of s$!t. I want people to be blunt and tell it like it is. We would all be better off if that was the case”. TR from CA

    “Everyone helping each other. I have had members of the Pack tell me to do this ,or not to do this. It was always to help me, not criticize me.
    As far as leaving comments… else can someone who is new at prepping ask a question? Or get an answer? Or someone who has been prepping for a while be able to guide someone who is stumped on a problem and is looking to find out what they are doing wrong?”
    “This is one of the very few sites that I find friendship, help, caring, understanding, and fellowship in a common goal of being better prepared for unforeseen future events.”Jersey Drifter

    “Another idea you might consider borrowing is a process used by the big online gaming designers on how they handle large volumes of game problems, player complaints, emails and such. They use moderators, and delegate some customer service interaction to them”.
    “You could pick a group of dedicated wolf pack members to help moderate the comments, and they could forward the more serious comments to you. Like a solid chain of command”. Nancy V.

    “M.D., please don’t go to 100% moderation. The conversations will get slowed down and you’re just adding an incredible work load on yourself”. Sirius

    “Since this is a “pack” and not a lone wolf deal, If a commenter gets out of line, the others in the pack can chastise them publicly”. Patriot Dave

    “if you get to be too much trouble,. or let the Wolfpack eat you alive”. Mike

    “Moderating every comment is like when my children were young and felt I should referee every disagreement. Eventually, I was able to tune the kids out, the bickering was just that, bickering. But I would naturally get involved if there was a real issue. They had to learn how to work things out for themselves.”
    “Don’t moderate, if someone gets too far out of control, then ban them. Anyone bellyaching to MD should knock that off as well”. Urbancitygirl

    …a humble +1000 on these opinions…

    …we care. is your blog…do with it what thy will…

    (seeing a continuance of the very fine thought provoking articles found here…instead of you spending
    YOUR valuable time wasted on OUR commentaries)…


  7. I’ve read most of the post over the past week and have been sorely disappointed in the way this thing has shaken out. I hate that M.D. thinks he has to moderate all comments because of a few trolls.
    I truly enjoy this blog and frankly it’s the only one I have posted on although I’ve read many others. The people here up until now are helpful and intelligent and I truly enjoy reading and interacting with like-minded people.
    Hope all this back-biting ends soon so I can read the blog I enjoy once again.

  8. MD

    My first inclination was to report your comments for being insensitive to the sensitivities of the readers; but then I remembered, it’s your Blog!
    Can we all just get along? ~ Rodney King

  9. Big Bear says:

    I agree with the 99% of these posts telling MD to let the pack handle the task of moderating through their postings. MD is too valuable to this community to waste his time babysitting the posts!
    I’ve found this blog to be mostly populated by like minded folks that are honest and willing to share their individual expertise and opinions with all. We don’t always agree ……….. but are willing to discuss those issues where there is disagreement!

    This blog is way too valuable a resource to see it be hampered by a few folks that can’t play well with others.

  10. you have to be kidding,,,,,, grow up people or you will never make it!!!!!!!!!

  11. MD,
    I’ve been here for about a year now. I have learned so much from you and the pack. There are times when I have read a comment and wondered what the heck are they thinking but I just move on. What they think does not affect me or what I do.

    This is your blog and you do as you see fit, personally I would tell those 3 or 4 people to leave and don’t let the door hit them on the way out! 🙂 If I did not get anything of value here I would leave but you guys are stuck with me. 🙂

    I have been thinking about starting a blog but that kind of behavior is what deters me from doing it. My Dad used to tell me that I am bluntly honest. I have learned to tone that down a bit, but if you ask for my opinion you had better be ready for it as you might not like what I have to say on an issue.

    • Watchdog says:


      You sound like my wife! Lol. The only reason, God willing, that we will be celebrating 45 wonderful years together next October is that I trust that what she says is true and honest.
      The secret to a blissful marriage: Leave your ego at the door.

      If you can’t take the heat, don ‘t go into the kitchen.

  12. I cannot believe people actually have the gall to email M.D. and demand he blacklist someone! Unlike TPTB, I still believe in our 1st Amendment, regardless of whether I like what someone is saying or not.

    I don’t know just how long I’ve been coming here, but it’s been a number of years. I often remember names that were regulars here, and wonder what happened to them…if they went underground or if they got rubbed the wrong way by a comment here.

    TSB is my favorite blog, and I’m sure it’s no easy task for M.D. to maintain this site. I come here to LEARN from posts and comments, and get ideas for prepping and what might work well for me in a post-SHTF situation.
    God help us if we can’t handle words on the internet, yet expect to survive when TSHTF.

    Thanks for all you do, M.D. I, for one, truly appreciate your hard work.

  13. Frank Bennett says:

    Wow, ok I do not agree with everything that is written on this blog however, I learned a long time ago that if I do not agree with a subject, article etc. I just don’t bother with it. I am confident that anyone on this site could say hurtful things about articles posted but they don’t. If you are one of the people who disagree and can be polite and grown up about how you word your disagreement go ahead. Then it is called constructive criticism. If you have to hurl insults and hurt peoples feelings to do it just don’t comment. How hard is this concept? Like you said M.D. the people who like to disagree all the time and be rude about it won’t last long in a TEOTWAWKI situation. At least in my neighborhood. Thank you all for reading and have a Blessed weekend.


  14. When I first started blogging in 2005 I had to learn how to deal with certain kinds of criticism. I had no problem with ‘I think you’re wrong and here is why’ criticism. It was the sarcasm and ridicule I made the mistake of taking personally. I had to learn that it was my ideas that were being ridiculed and not me personally. Sarcasm and ridicule are ways of protesting an idea which is a form of criticism. Though not always the politest kind it is valid and part of free speech I had to learn to deal with. I like this site a lot and the very polite way the posters generally are. But even when a little less so, I’m not going anywhere.

  15. Iam new to this Blog about 6 months and don’t post often and I have read all the comments and the bitching about what was said by this one and that one. People we are all here for the same reason we are all trying to prepare for what we think is coming and to learn new Ideas that we may have overlooked in are preparedness. People if you can’t get along on a simple web form what are you going to do in a EOTWAWNI scenario.
    I hope that everyone can get past this because we all have something to contribute to this Form as we prepare for our Family & Friends. Just my thoughts Hope everyone has a Great Day.

  16. I have been reading this blog for a number of years. I comment off and on as I have time. The amount of information I have learned here is invaluable. From my first comment forward I have always feltlike this was on online family of sorts. People who care about one another, worry for each others problems and woes, pray for each other, and yes even bicker.

    I guess I missed most of the drama, thankfully so. I have enough drama from my kids that I avoid it in other areas. The thing is are we adults or children? I would assume adults can have a proper discussion with differing points of view and not have to resort to childish behavior. Perhaps I am assuming wrong?

    We all come from different walks of life. No two of us are on the same path. Even if some of our paths intersect or even run parallel to each other, we all have our own thoughts, ideas, values, and knowledge. What makes this blog amazing is we come together and SHARE all of that. We dont have to agree with everything. I know there has been plenty posted I havent agreed with, but we are all people. We all make mistakes, we all get hurt feelings, we all take things personally, as that is human nature. BUT, we have a choice in how we respond to such things.

    If we are so busy attacking each other, are we really any better prepared than those who are not ‘preppers?’
    I once sent an email to Lake Lili, years ago when she asked for pictures of different beaches. Because of my email addy she asked about my spiritual beliefs. She said something that I think many of us could use about now. These are not her exact words, but as close as I can remember…

    If things go downhill we will all have to learn to work TOGETHER regardless of each others beliefs.

  17. Texanadian says:

    Anything I have to say has already been said. If a comment has to go to moderation I am sure the world won’t end before it is posted – and if it does then it doesn’t matter unless I was saying “look-out!”
    To bad you have to do this MD.

  18. This comes from a blog called “The Smallest Minority” and couldn’t be more to the point.
    “Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It’s worth it. It’s a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else’s rights, because if you don’t there is no one to defend yours.” — MaxedOutMama

  19. Patsi Sota says:

    I may not agree with what anyone says but I will defend their right to say it!

    For those who keep complaining I say cut the apron strings and let them go!

  20. Having freedom of speech means you can say anything you want within the parameters of the situation… You’re not gonna tell your boss to “F” off and expect to still be able to work for him… You cannot insult people and then wonder why they’re all mad at you…

    Yes, we are free to say what we want, and MD encourages the free exchange of ideas, but there are lines that should not be crossed in polite society…

    Yes, as someone else said, I may not agree with you, but I’ll defend your right to say it; but your rights end where mine begin and I have the right to ignore you or report your behavior.

    MD, if you want to moderate every comment on the blog, that is your prerogative. Just as it is you prerogative to allow us to moderate each other with the report button… Your show here… Do as you will…

  21. LittleAnniePrepper says:

    MD, I am so grateful to you for starting this blog. I have learned so much from the people here who are living their prepping. There are so many people here who are SO willing to share their knowledge, experiences and advice I’ve gone to other blogs in the past, but now this is the only blog I monitor.

    I’m sorry things have gotten to the point where some people (who I highly doubt are regulars here) have lost their civility. I would never have thought to even hit the report comment button. You are doing so many of us a service, please try not to get discouraged. The information I’ve gotten here is priceless. I actually tried to start posting more after your comment about the responses going down in number. I really hate the thought of you having to moderate every comment before posting. It would just take away from trying to get things down on your homestead. I feel your time is better spent, but it’s entirely your decision.

    I just keep thinking if people are going off on each other now, then how awful is it going to get when people don’t have food, resources and other necessities? Very scary.

    We had our own catastrophe when I had to unexpectedly take a medical retirement. In our 50’s, with 2 teenagers, we knew we had to start preparing for the things to come. We bought food, guns/ammo, but didn’t know where to go from there. After 1 1/2 years of following this blog, we’ve started multiple raised beds to grow our own vegetables and herbs. I’m dehydrating and about to start canning. We’ve got 6 months worth of food stored and now I’m studying natural remedies and using herbs. All of those things have grown out of this blog.

    My thanks to you MD and to all the rest of you who are so eager to help all of us. Please don’t let all these outliers drag you down or divert you from what has been such a blessing to so many.

  22. I sure hope the individual(s) responsible for this whole discussion recognize themselves and feel properly embarrassed and ashamed. I doubt they will though.
    Let the whiners and the anti-free speech crowd get lost.
    This is the result of years of allowing the PC crowd to get away with their crap.
    Sorry M.D., I agree with everyone that thinks your having to moderate comments is the result of children being allowed to mix in with the grown-ups.
    Oscar, Wolf Pack, 8/2010

  23. Pineslayer says:

    Take a deep breath MD, don’t let a few people make your workload increase by that much. I have been accused of being a troll, genocidal maniac, and having no belief system. I am still here with help from my shrink and a big bottle of whiskey. I agree with you and those above who say, “grow up people “.

    If some can’t listen to differing opinions, they will surely lead a very lonely life.

    Thanks for putting up with US!

  24. Paylie Roberts says:

    Are you able to pick and choose who you moderate?

    This way you don’t have to moderate those that you know never caused problems, not even by accident, and moderate only the newbies until you get to know them, and those that have posted inappropriately in the past, or had previously said things that have offended others, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

    Moderating everyone seems like a lot of work!

    I’ve just recently discovered this blog, and just yesterday my hubby and I were discussing how much we like the fact that people can comment on the articles, add to them, ask questions, correct mistakes (hey, we’re all just human), and joke around a bit or two. It certainly makes you feel like part of the learning process rather than just reading someone else’s commentary on a subject. I have read plenty of “survival” articles that were just plain wrong, and could result in someone getting hurt, but had no way to respond to the article, and when contacting the moderator, I was just ignored. I think it’s important we are able to communicate to help each other out. And I feel like I get that communication here.

    It’s just unfortunate that you have to do all this extra work now.

  25. CountryVet says:

    M.D.- I personally can not see you WASTING your valuable time with
    moderating every comment. People can use the report button “or not,” that is their choice. If a conversation thread is not to someone’s liking they can certainly simply skip over it.
    I will have to say that people in my practice have been acting VERY strangely for the past couple of months (as have animals). (May have actually started as much as 6mo ago and gradually gotten worse) Maybe we have some of the same carryover here. Not sure what is going on but something defnitely is NOT right! Literally anything can set off even the most mild mannered client just out ot the blue. AND- that is not even addressing the real “nutcases” we have seen. I would STRONGLY suggest that everyone in the pack be especially careful in any dealings with anyone that could even possibly “go south.”

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Seems like the roughest winters bring out the worst in us. Cabin fever, don’t ya know. And we are bombarded daily by awful, frightening, soul wrenching tragedy all over this planet. And our own safety seems to be hanging by a thread. Seems that more people should start counting their blessings more often.

  26. ” I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend, with my life your right to say it”,.. Don’t know whose quote it is, but it seems one of the good principles to live by.

  27. Wild Weasel says:

    Well lets make sure everyone gets a trophy and no one gets there feeling hurt. Thats why our country has turned into what it has become, no one knows how to deal with diversity. To much PC everybody has to be babied.

  28. Soggy Prepper says:

    Why not just leave the report button for the trolls the Pack will devour. You get mass notice and boot the person.

    For the repeat whiners give em a strike 3 your out approach?
    Lose the trouble making whiners and keep your sanity? And you get to keep your limited free time.

  29. snakehawk says:

    Im sick an tired of walking on egg shells around people that are offended about every thing.It’s called” I want my way all the time.MD stop worrying over the whiners,it’s your site.If they don’t like what other peoples opinions are then turn the channel. Go to a site they can run.this world is so offended easily its discusting.keep up the good work MD….GOD BLESS.P.S.I’M Very sure they want like what I said.

  30. MD, I’ve only been reading your blog for a few months and enjoy both your blog and how the pack shares their experiences and knowledge. Not everything fits my life, despite the common bond of ‘prepperdom’. And that’s fine by me. I come here to learn, laugh, and just recently started posting a little myself. When things don’t work for my life I have that nice little wheel on my mouse that allows me to scroll on by. I would never have thought to request someone else to be blacklisted. If I want someone else’s free speech taken away, won’t mine soon follow?

    While I can’t imagine how you could moderate every single comment, especially WDYDTPTW, I fully respect your decision. Even though I don’t think I would have said that right before a Saturday! 🙂 Thank you for taking your time and effort to create and maintain this great forum!

  31. Tactical G-Ma says:

    I love hearing different ideas and philosophies, even different ways to grow potatoes. What gets my goat is when I get attacked because someone doesn’t agree with my ideas. Sometimes I don’t really think things all the way thru so an explanation is needed. What I don’t need is someone telling me or even inferring that I’m going to burn in Hell cause I don’t use coconut oil or something as inane as that. Know what I mean? Then I need to take a step back.

    • JeffintheWest says:

      +100. You have every right to disagree with me completely. You never have the right to attack me personally, and if you do, you can expect blowback. I also don’t like gratuitous attacks on my friends. I’d apologize for being the way I am on that, except that if you don’t like it, tough. 😉 .

      • JeffintheWest says:

        Not talking to you personally T G-ma — that’s the “universal you” I was using! 😉

    • snakehawk says:

      Tactical G-ma,yap know what U mean.agree.

  32. People can respectfully disagree and have a discussion about a subject, but personal attacks, cheap shots and name calling doesn’t help your point, or make you right. Some commenters may be looking for a fight or to cause trouble, dems, trolls, NSA,etc. MD its a lot of work for you, but that’s why you get the big bucks. Its good/bad to be the king. Everyone is entitled to their wrong opinion.

  33. why not just “blacklist” the “same 3 or 4 people” who are constantly e-mailing you and complaining???

    • I mean Instead of caving to the minority whiners and blocking or moderating comments they constantly find offensive Just Block THEM??

  34. Anothermom says:

    I have been reading your blog for some time, I enjoy it, and enjoy the comments, when I have time to read them. Sorry that a few have made your life miserable with having to read every comment and decide if it won’t “hurt” someones feelings.
    I am sure there will now be complaints that there aren’t enough comments since you will be busy with spring chores.

  35. If you’re forced to change anything, to do more work, etc, you’ve catered to babies. If they can’t handle opions contrary to their own, how will they survive shtf when its bullets flying and not words?!

  36. Good grief, put on your adult drawers and deal with it. Some of the most interesting people are people you don’t agree with whether it’s the laugh they provide or the subject consideration they provoke.

  37. Donna in MN says:

    Somehow I didn’t see this article..but to those who are that sensitive over teasing, or snide comments, take a walk in my shoes…

    when you mind your own business and 15 to 16 people come from nowhere and try to beat the cr*p out of you, you are called many bad things with hate filled fists flying, that it is as bad as someone made a comment here that offended you.

    Wear my shoes when you walk across a park and 17 people came after you, hitting you with chains in your face, threatening to kill you as each stroke of metal bruises your cheek, that a certain comment here is as bad.

    Wear my shoes when you help a homeless man near your home who then hits you to the ground so he could steal everything in your house, then look here to see if MD is being unfair.

    Wear my shoes when your mother is dying and there is nothing you can do to save her as she struggles in severe pain in your arms, gasping for air for it is the worst thing you can imagine, and tell me someone hurt your feelings over a comment here that you complain to MD about it to have them removed.

    This blog is a great place to be and learn. I know hurt and pain and a few words are nothing compared to real pain. This place may get roudy at times. If it gets too much, take a break, do something else for a while.

    I am surprised to read a few announced leaving this blog. When Jesus ran into trouble, he shook the dust from his feet and kept walking. Let that be an example for us to take.

    Now to get serious,should we have a “Walking Dead Tribute” to those who left the blog?

    • +1

    • Thank you and I agree 100%! In all honesty, I had to backtrack and read hours worth of posts and comments to even think I had a clue of what might have happened. I still don’t get all the hub-bub. Hope it’s over.
      Only once did I ask a question about fish antibiotics and got a snarky remark. BFD. I cannot imagine contacting MD and wasting his time over anything someone else had to say. I did how ever, intend to contact regarding reliable sources for getting more info on the subject, because I have full FAITH in MD and The Pack to provide the answers with solid info and more importantly, a willing heart to share knowledge!!
      This is by far my favorite site and the one to which I place the most confidence in the answers and information.
      And I would like to put a shout out of thanks to all the guest posters too, thanks folks!

      • I feel guilty sometimes when I just email a link to share something with M.D., because I worry he’s too busy already.

        • NANN!,

          No don’t be, that helps a lot and saves me time, when trying to find interesting stuff to link to in the miscellany section. I don’t even mind readers who email me with real concerns, it just that a few of the same readers were throwing a fit about one thing or another every week…

          • Thanks M.D. It’s just that I know how busy I am at times, so I can’t imagine how busy you are. Email has got to be real time consuming, especially if you get email from just a small percentage of the over 13,000 subscribers!

  38. Don’t criticize a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes. Then he’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes. Better yet, just let it pass. And, yes, thanks M.D. for all you do and thanks for all who post great information and thoughtful comments on this site.

  39. Ahh so Much for freedom of speech….another one down! Thanks OBAMA Lol

  40. medic mom says:

    It isn’t just here. I’ve noticed this disturbing trend to people wanting to spar over everything, and if you don’t agree with them, then look out. I applaud you taking it out in the open. I wish more people would do that