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.

Comments

  1. Bravo, MD. I’ve always been one to let other people have their own ideas. I was a bartender long ago, and one of the first things I learned was to always steer conversations away from politics and religion. I’ve got family and friends who I have an unspoken agreement to disagree with and we get along just fine. DH learned long ago, that if I fight him on something, it’s usually because I’m right…30 years of marriage and now he looks and me and I can see him rethinking the issue. Always found if I am offended by something or someone, especially on the Internet, I block em, ignore them or just leave them be. I’ve seen many in the past year I’ve been coming here go, due to politics, etc. this is America. We are allowed to have our own opinions and I respect others even though I think theyre crazy. Please stay everyone! Your loss will be detrimental to the pack! We are stronger together than apart!

    • Quit looking in the rearview mirror of life…..unless you intend to go there. Let’s move forward. We have more vital things to turn attention to. MD do what you think best – it will all shake out.

  2. Don’t cave in to the whiners. You said yourself – grow up and toughen up.

    • riverrider says:

      i’m with roark, x 100,000,000,000.

      • Same here, they need to grow up and get over it!

        • KP89DC,
          Assuming your name is a Ruger model handgun, then you have one of my favorites and best shooters. I’m looking at the new P95, which is the same gun in polymer. Good fit & feel, and accurate.

          • OP, you are correct. In my opinion you can’t go wrong with a Ruger, wish I had more $$$ to get a few more toys lol.

    • Yeah don’t fall into kindergarten policy, it has made the world soft “well so and so got upset so we have to make a change for everybody!” It is political correctness that got this country to a point blogs like this are needed.

  3. patientmomma says:

    MD, you are so correct; people need to thicken up their skin because it is going to get worse. I know honesty is the best policy, but you don’t have to take a commenter to task because you disagree. Just state your view point with out attacking and if needed, agree to disagree. If people can’t carry on a discussion without putting their claws out, they need to move on to another blog.

  4. Hate to see the extra work on you M.D. I was thinking the other day that this hyper sensitivity may be a sign of the stress that people are felling for one reason or another. Have had people get mad at me lately because I won’t stand there and scream back and forth with them about something . I would let them have their say then try to state my side would get cut off with them yelling at whatever I start to say. Then I would smile at then say you are wrong but don’t want to know why and walk off.
    Oh and it will only get worse as the weather turns warmer!

    • I agree that a few have really put more work on you. I know how much time it takes to put a place together that will provide when the pantry runs dry. My grandson just had an issue at his high school. He refused to fight. He walked away. Yes, he was called a coward, but a few of us told him it takes a man to walk away. As an 18 year old, he made me very proud. He is not looking for a fight as some members seem to want. Count to 100 and back off and go do something physical. Time and space do wonders for stress.

      And MD, you take the time to do what you need to do and have some personal time under the belt. The members do not need babysitting.

  5. expose_the_devils says:

    I taking my ball and goin’ home………….lol. whaaa

  6. I am sorry it has come to this…I know you have better things to do than moderate comments. Thanks for all you do.

  7. Mother Earth says:

    Good grief MD! You shouldn’t have to go back to reviewing every comment because of 3-4 whiners. Tell them to move on!

  8. I’d still trying to figure out what was that Michele ladies problem, I’ve looked through all of her comments and the responses and see nothing that should have caused her to cry and scream and run away with her tail between her legs. Apparently, she must not have cared much for this blog or the wolf pack if what I read caused her to run away mad… Hell MD even had her back in the comments…

  9. MD , Dont spend more of your time playing nanny to people who cant separate reality ( people , life , your pets , etc ) from fantasy ( the internet ) ……….they wittle feelings get hurt , thats their problem , not yours , dont waste one more day on them , let them leave and just make sure the door doesnt hit their ass on the way out . This is a blog people , its not real life , if you are taking time out of your day to write the owner of a web site with a sniveling complaint , if you are giving a faceless blip with an alias for a name on your screen yank on your emotions …..you are taking this shit way too seriously , and may need a 7 step program to get your feet planted on real ground . Just Sayin .

  10. Momma Mc says:

    I found this blog, by accident, last fall. I was searching for canning help and the search led me here. I started reading it everday. I have learned so much from the members here, and like many others, consider the pack my second family.

    I read every new post and have read most of the archives. I don’t agree with everything that is said here, but when I don’t, I just file it in my memory as an example of another way to look at a situation. Something may happen in my life someday that will cause me to question my own view, and I will remember that tid bit that I read here. There have been articles that I didn’t care for or agree with, so I just move on and anxiously await the next.

    I never imagined that I could email MD and ask that he blacklist someone. Afterall, it’s his blog, who am I to tell him how to run it. MD, I think you do an excellent job. I’m sure it’s not easy, and 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. I applaud & appreciate your efforts.

    I hope everyone can put all of this behind us and get back to the friendly, helpful pack that we were. I, for one, still need your help in my journey to become as prepared as I personnally can be for as much of a know it all as I think I am, I really know very little.

  11. OwlCreekObserver says:

    I write a blog that I’ve had for several years and I also moderate a Facebook group. There are always troublemakers, of course, but much of the time sparks fly when somebody says something that just sets somebody else off for no obvious reason. Maybe it’s some difficulty that’s going on in their lives that nobody knows about and they’re reading everything through that frame of reference. I don’t know, MD. Just keep doing what you’re doing and don’t get bogged down by negative vibes. As they say, don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff.

  12. MD maybe you could put an ignore button so if people don’t like someone’s comments or politics they can basically delete them themselves. I also read the comments and don’t really see what the fuss was about but I have also seen a lot more bickering and arguments here in the last couple of months than normal. I don’t know why. I personally don’t think any of us should resort to name calling ect.

    • i have enjoyed this web log since i linked to it from another site and have thought it is the best, but lately, it must be cabin fever, there has been a lot of strife. and it takes space which could be dedicated to helpful information.
      it takes so long to read it and i have gone to bed lately instead of finishing it because it is so stressful.
      thanks to all who give such helpful info, esp. our herb ladies.

  13. tommy2rs says:

    Ah whiners, almost worse than trolls. You have way more patience and tolerance than I do, MD. About the second time it happened to me they’d be in the spam can for automatic disposal after a reply to STFU and never darken my blog again. But then I never claimed to be a nice guy or to care what others think about me. Oh and yeah, I should always be moderated…..lol

  14. I’ve said somthing similar before and will say it once more. We are all adults, so let’s start acting the part. This isn’t high school, and as MD suggested, if you can’t get along here and TSHTF, you are going to be it real trouble.

  15. Bwhntr59 says:

    Jeez MD, don’t give in to these people. If you can’t take someone who has a deferent take on things get a life. And you are correct that they may not even make it in a SHTF reality if that type of simple thing causes them so much grief and psychological distress. Maybe they should look for a Dr. Phil or Oprah type coping blog.

  16. Chuck Findlay says:

    Post moderation is almost a daily occurrence for me. I don’t say bad things (other then when I hit my finger with a hammer…) in my post. But for some reason MDs computer doesn’t like my computer.

    I think there is the tendency to not think of the person on the other side of the keyboard as a person like you would if you would be standing in front of them. At times these “internet muscles” get out of hand.

    .

  17. Oh well I’d kick em off site immeddiatly if I had to moderate them constantly, and especially if I heard anything from shtfplan about any “strays” before I sat up nights babysitting a bunch of whiners!

  18. mom of three says:

    I would start out a comment, You may not agree, or I may come across harsh. Something, so people understand that your about to say something they may disagree with a comment, or the article itself. Everyone, says something they wish they could take back, or bite their tongue. You get more bee’s with honey, then vinegar, so make sure before you post that you read and re read, if you do upset someone say I’m sorry. But to pick on people, because of beliefs, or anything about them is petty, that I don’t agree with. I have learned so much in the last 5 years, and I’ve only been posting for just around a year. I’ve come to one conclusion, this is a neat sight with many wonderful people :)

  19. MD,
    I am sorry that it has come to this. I have been reading your blog off and on, when time will allow, for a couple of years now. I almost always come away with at least a few tidbits of useful information, more often a whole barrel full. While not all of the suggestions and ideas are applicable to my situation, I read and gather what info I can.
    I am sorry that sensitive readers have called on you to referee where none should be needed. Unfortunately. this is a product of the nanny state we have created.
    As an elementary school teacher, I run into the problem with every new batch of students. “Teacher, she called me stupid.” I say, “Well are you stupid?” “No.” Then it doesn’t matter, does it.” The realization hits, “Oh,” and off they skip to play.
    Too bad we can’t apply the same logic to adults. As a newish, prepper, living in the vast suburbs surrounding the Los Angeles area, I am grateful for the wisdom shared by The Pack. I am also in awe of the support the members give when one is in need of prayers.
    Thank you for giving The Pack a voice and not treating your blog as your own private soapbox. The varying points of view are, for the most part, refreshing.

    • patientmomma says:

      My favorite child whine is “Mom, he’s breathing my air! Make him stop!” Hahaha!

  20. Nebraska Woman says:

    Well said, MD.
    I am so sick of snarky comments on this and other blogs that I was about to pull my internet service, but then practically
    all I know about prepping I learned here from decent people who cared. I love survivalistblog because of the fun I had both in learning that bc loves bacon and Bam Bam’s finding out that Walmart had good deals and Donna from Minn thinks the way I do. Your readers write the best columns and take time to answer questions.
    It’s a darn shame that people treat each other that way. And yes, having grown up with brothers, I learned to toughen up and take it (“I’m telling!” never worked with them.)
    The secret is not to take it personally.
    So “I’m telling” doesn’t work with me either. Grow up, be nice, state your opinions, and be mindful that we are all preppers.
    And for heaven’s sake, stop whining to MD. Honestly. “I’m telling” won’t work with him either.

  21. Man Im sorry it has come to this. It boggles the mind to think there are those that are so determined to be right,that they try to shut others up by emailing you. very scary,but enlightening also. Its just what the libs do when they call everyone a racist if they disagree with the presidents policies on forign affairs or some other thing you disapprove of. my my my,,, we are amongst a bunch of overly sensative children.I hope i didnt add to it by speaking my mind on cops. That sparked so much controversy and adversarial comments that i was stupified at the amount of folks that wanted their say,but didnt want me to have mine. yup,we are truly among some spoiled children.

    • JP in MT says:

      BC:

      Kind of reminds me of the old saying “Being so Heavenly minded, they are no Earthly good.”

      I got told at the barber shop that since I’m in a Union, Democrat, Irish, Catholic town I’d best not talk bad about Obama’s mistakes. ‘Course they forgot how I talked about Bush/Chaney. My reply was I do not bless or condemn based upon party affiliation, but on their actions. (At least I left with both ears still attached!)

      It’s a good thing so many of us are so right so much of the time. Otherwise we might start yelling at each other. ;-)

      • Chuck Findlay says:

        Might it be time to look for a new place to get a hair cut???

      • tommy2rs says:

        “Being so Heavenly minded, they are no Earthly good.”

        Lol…I’m gonna get yelled at when I use that one.

  22. Occam's Disposable Razor says:

    All I’m saying is that I don’t see anyone posting in agreement with you who took me to task the other day.

    B

  23. JP in MT says:

    MD – It’s your blog. I’ll support your decision.

    Having said that many of these “good” posts have 200+ comments! Moderating each one is, in MY opinion, a waste of YOUR time.

    Yep, things can get said wrong and/or taken wrong. One person is dead serious about something and someone else finds humor in it. I’ve LET comments get under my skin. I try not to. Mostly I either am expressing my opinion (which is worth every penny people pay for it) or trying to correct something someone might not understand and I have some experience with it. I don’t recall a time where I went directly after someone, but I’m getting old and the thinker doesn’t remember so good anymore.

    Maybe if a had a set of those “happy face” buttons, I could use them to convey the emotion I’m trying to get across. Heck, my DW has trouble telling when I’m being sarcastic sometimes. And she’s had 20+ years of practice.

    Most (I think I’m running about 50%) of my comments go to moderation anyway. I’m either way too verbose or I use a “magic” word or abbreviation. I think I have only used the “Report” button once, and that was not directed at me, I just felt it was “getting” inappropriate.

    Some of the “arguments” grew tiresome to me, SO I STOPPED READING THEM! Shook my head and moved on. Over the years I’ve been here (oldest saved post was from 2011) I have seen comments get out of control between people/poster. Some have even stopped posting for a while, some all together. It’s a shame, but it happens.

    I’ve made my comments on our conversations about what we are willing to do now vs. what we are willing to do when the SHTF. Your comments (and others) about toughening up have merit. I don’t know a good way to put it. I do know that when someone “attacks” a newlywed’s spouse, intentional or not, it is not going to go well. We all have issues.

    Either way, I’m not going anywhere – unless I’m the problem. If so, someone needs to speak up.

    • Jersey Drifter says:

      JP
      The only problem with you that I can think of is you are way out in MT :)
      I can’t very easily just stop in at one of your shows, introduce myself, and shake your hand.
      Other than that…..no problems I can think of.

      • Jersey Drifter says:

        Darn…I am awaiting moderation !!!!

      • JP in MT says:

        JD:

        If the “Jersey” is a reference to your location, I probably won’t be stopping by any time soon. I have a BIL that lives in NJ and works in NY. His wife and I…..disagree….a lot….on almost everything.

        But if you do find your way up here, the coffee’s on me (bring your own bacon!)

    • Survivor says:

      I will add to JP’s comment. You said it yourself, MD. You looked at the comments the whiner’s bitched about and wondered what they were talking about. So, if you don’t see the issue and allow the post you’re still gonna get the whining emails. You can’t win for losing.
      Whatever you decide to do is fine by me. I still get to learn and offer opinions. Anyone has an issue with me is welcome to receive my email address (set up just for this sort of thing) so we can discuss personally. The worse anyone can do in email is call me names which I learned in the third grade wasn’t very effective as a conversation starter. Not very good as a conversation ender either LOLOL

  24. Rkc Rider says:

    Sir, I , my wife and several others enjoy reading the posts on this site as well as the comments. I can see where your frustration comes from but would appreciate you letting it run its course like a cold. The reasons: 10 Like a cold you will build up immunities, 2) those that whine and complain will eventually cease their selfish, childish behavior, 3) This is STILL America and everyone has a right to an opinion and the expression of it, 4) and last, if it is the same individuals over and over then maybe all they are getting a kick out of whinning and taking you away from a very good job you are performing. Thank you for the very good job on this web site, Thank you for allowing myself and others to learn, grow and possibly disagree depending on experiences. Read you in the future.

  25. Benjammin says:

    Hey, I believe this is your website, you should do with it as you please. I got no problem either way, being moderated, or being criticized. I also believe everyone posting here is participating by choice; no one’s arm is being twisted.

    If I didn’t find what was posted here interesting, I wouldn’t stick around. But I would never threaten to leave just cuz someone says something I don’t agree with. That seems narcissistic.

  26. TR from CA says:

    We all come to this site to learn from each other. I myself credit a lot of you and MD with the knowledge and skills I have gained over the time I have been here. 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. That is the problem with this country today. If you don’t agree with someone then they think you are a jerk. 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. MD I think you have a great site. I think there is a great group of people here. And for those that can’t handle some back and forth, you need to find another blog. Sorry for the rant.

  27. mindyinds says:

    Very fine bunch of level-headed people here, almost 100%, because that is who you attract to your site, MD.

  28. Jersey Drifter says:

    MD this site is the best. The content that you post, plus the guest bloggers articles are what makes this so special. 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…..how 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?

    I have, I will admit, been to other sites. Some are good and I check them daily. I have even noticed people here ( same screen name ) leaving comments on those sites. I have too. And I have noticed the person who’s site it is leave comments here.

    I have also been to some sites that I find offensive and they don’t make it to my favorites list. All the comments are full of cussing and bickering back and forth, down right nasty. And if they aren’t cussing each other they are all talking about shooting someone over something. Not good for OPSEC.

    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.

    To moderate all of the comments will be one very big burden on you, not to mention slowing down the back and forth dialogue and replies. I think for the most part we moderate ourselves.

    Just my two cents worth, for what it’s worth ( 2 cents I guess )

  29. MD,

    Like most have already said above, I support your right to publish your blog the way you see fit.

    Your idea of including a button to report a comment was smart and understandable.

    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.

    Just remember, this is YOUR creation, your dream and your blog. If some folks don’t like what is being said, they have the freedom to leave and read something else.

    Hope this helps. :)

  30. During the months of December, January, February this site was my life line when I could find time to read, gave me laughter, connection to members I loved to read, just to see what was going on in their preparing. It helped me get through long days spent at the bedside of my dh while he was recovering from two major surgeries.
    I noticed a difference in blog responses during January progressing into February, and it was suttle at first yet became more aggressive during each month, not knowing what was bring this about I posted very little.
    We are old enough to fight our own battles win or lose. We have lost the laughter and family roots, maybe it is time for ‘all of us’ to re-evaluate our true prepping mindset.
    Now, if this is all a family bickering….ok…but I think more is going on.

    • Becky, you speak with a great wisdom. I hope DH is doing much better.

      • Tracker;
        Dh is doing sooo much better, he has been home from the 2ndary hospital 1 month now. He as gained a little over 9lbs, which is a lot considering he was down to 125lbs+/- for a man who is 6’3″ tall. He is now up to 136, which is proud of, and I can not blame him. Who knew that shrapnel of such fine minuet size could cause damage over the years.
        The GI doctor said it has been poisoning him for many years. If you ever need a super specialized GI doc let me know we have two here and they are top of line in their field. One is still a reserve Navy doc, and does private practice.
        Looks like we may still get to L Vegas for that cold soda, may before the next convention. Stay well Tracker

        • Becky. Thank you so much for the good news. I’ve been a little concerned about the two of you. I will keep you both in my prayers. Just remember that if you take him outside on a windy day, put some rocks in his pockets just in case. :-)

    • Jersey Drifter says:

      Becky,
      Maybe it was the miserable cold and snowy weather that had everyone cranky.
      Hopefully once the warmer spring weather kicks in and people get out to their gardens, walks in the sunshine, smelling the flowers, all will be better.

      • JD
        I sure hope so, this site has been a lifeline for me. Hope spring arrives on time, and gardening can begin for those back east.

    • worrisome says:

      More is going on. There r some posters on here that are trying to stir up trouble. MD moderating for a bit might help you weed them out.

      • worrisome
        If you think so, you along with others have been on this site a whole lot long than I have. I just noticed it more, and wonder what in the world was wrong with every one.
        Hope you had a nice visit up at the new homestead.

    • JeffintheWest says:

      A lot of truth there. Not sure what’s going on, but some things have changed from last year.

  31. I haven’t posted in a while. Not for any other reason than I’m so far behind and am trying to catch up. That, and I read all the comments. Even the 400 to 500 on WDYDTPTW. So say goodbye to your weekends M.D., at least for a while. People will eventually stop commenting and the numbers will drop off. Remember when you asked the pack why the numbers were down and wanted more participation? The pack responded.

    Your weekends won’t be gone forever, though. Once the numbers drop, so will your advertisers. You won’t have to deal with them anymore either.

    I hope you can read my attempt at sarcasm.

    Seriously? 100% moderation? The “Report” button should suffice. Maybe and occasional reminder would be helpful especially as new people join. An “Ignore” feature would be better if it’s feasible
    I didn’t like the back and forth between MentalMatt and BCTruck. I didn’t like it from either one. If MM were really a police officer like he claimed, he should be used to getting called worse names and having his chosen profession bad mouthed. He sure as hell should have been more professional than to resort to name calling. A real policeman would have been trained better. BC, while I do not doubt his reasons for his mistrust of law enforcement shouldn’t have said he hated an entire group of people based on their profession. It’s the same as hating all the people because of what state they choose to live in and it comes off as bigotry. (BC, if I’m misquoting you, I apologize in advance).

    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. We are adults and should be able to self moderate. Besides, the NSA is already monitoring every thing we post. You don’t want to piss them off by slowing down their data capture do you?

    And that’s all I have to say about that. Chocolate?

  32. k. fields says:

    I think it’s a sign of the times – way too many people are way too caught up in the media world of “likes.”

    Years ago, when there were only a couple of TV stations, you watched the news, agreed with some of it, disagreed with some of it and argued over all of it with your family, friends and co-workers. It was interesting because we all saw the same news but interpreted it differently. The conversations caused us to think.

    But today you can pick the stations that only report the news angles you agree with. And when you talk about this news, you end up only talking to people that basically agree with your point of view – I mean after all, they wouldn’t have watched the same station as you if they didn’t. Your world gets smaller. It’s like constantly be surrounded by “Yes” men. You crave that insulated feeling and begin searching for even narrower bands of like minded individuals – and on-line is the perfect place to find them.
    You find a blog and become comfortable and complacent. You make a statement and get 15 replies of “+1,000″ – your world is good.

    But then someone comes along, disagrees with your statement and questions how you could ever come up with that point of view. You don’t know how to react – you’re no longer used to handling criticism so you strike out or you’re “hurt.” That person must be a troll, he must work FOR THE OTHER SIDE! He doesn’t agree with OUR view of the world. All of your cyber friends agree of course – yes, just ignore him and OUR world will return to “normal.”
    But that world ISN’T normal.

    The real world is peacefully and constructively dealing with people you can’t stand.
    Annoyance is something you must build up a tolerance to – the more you’re able to edit it out of your life, the less you’re able to handle it. You end up shooting a guy sitting in a movie theater just because he sent a text message to his kids.

    M.D. may be able to moderate all the comments here for you, but some day, we’ll all have to turn off the smart phones and begin dealing with real society once again – will you be ready?

  33. Rider of Rohan says:

    MD’s blogs, MD’s rules, that’s the way it is. That being said, I don’t like MD having to moderate comments, I like it the way it was. For some reason many of my comments went to moderation anyway, I don’t know why, but I do use links at times that always put them in moderation. And I understand that.

    Now, so far as folks leaving, I doubt anyone has left here because they were insulted by a random commenter, even if that person was rude or lacked proper manners. That’s the world we live in these days, so one doesn’t expect things to be any different here where there are no specific standards of behavior. I know I’ve probably gotten on some people’s nerves over the years, some have gotten on mine a wee tiny little bit. In all honesty, this is the internet, and nothing anyone says has any effect on me. That’s the way I roll. Other people prefer not to be insulted, and I try to accommodate them as much as I can. That’s what everyone should do as much as humanly possible.

  34. I always liked this blog because we are all free to post our opinions and the moderation is light. When posters had disagreements they were free to duke it out in the comments and honestly I thought it added to the “flavor” of the blog. Users were not treated like children and things usually died down after a couple of posts. We all get heated at times and that’s just life. I also always thought of this blog as “the thinking persons prep site”. Not 90% articles on which new mall ninja gaget to buy but real prepper and homesteader stuff. It would be a shame to wear out MD with moderating.

  35. MD, Please do not use your valuable time moderating. The report button is enough. I take the bits I want and leave the rest. I am an adult thinker after all. I read the posts and if someone is “out there” IMO, I just move on. Let the ones that want to, waste their time as they see fit. If they get too carried away often, just block them. I am sure we all have more important things to be doing and thinking about.

  36. Patriot Dave says:

    I never even thought of contacting a moderator to blacklist a person. MD. Wow.
    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. We all err. We are human. We make mistakes. We apologize and move on. Less work for you. I thought that was what the ‘report’ button was for.

  37. Oh my… I have gone for awhile and only jumped on because I had a few minutes on the internet. Been off grid with the new farm. Yep.. I was sooo tired of the constant negative comments. Every post seemed to be full of them. So exhausting.
    Alas I am live and well… working towards a truly off grid lifestyle. I don’t have time to read all the past posts and articles but I love you ALL SO MUCH! I miss you…. I will be on grid tomorrow till 5 pm, then I go back up the hill.

    • MamaJ;
      WOW, I have missed your posting……you give me a smile every time I read what is going on in your neighborhood. I have been concerned your health issue popped up and you were being picked on by the doc’s once again.
      Glad to know you are doing ok. Until later.

    • Schatzie Ohio says:

      Glad to see that you are still here. Missed your witty comments.
      Hope everything is coming together for you.

    • Mama J,
      I believe that I speak for many when I say that we have missed you. You always make me laugh!

    • Mama J, so glad to here from you! I am happy to here that things are going well for you, but I sure do miss your insight.

    • Welcome back, Mama J! Yours is one of the missing names I referred to in my other comment. Thanks for letting us know you’re okay.

    • YAY!!! Mama J’s back!

    • Mama J., don’t be a stranger. It’s good to hear from you.

    • Encourager says:

      So good to hear you are okay, Mama J!! Catch up with us all when you can.

  38. Son of Liberty says:

    MD, I agree with those who feel it a waste of your good time to moderate all comments.

    The only thing I hope people will do is to stick to the topic of the articles written, and not get ‘snarky’ (as has been said) with each other, and/or bring in new unrelated subjects.

    Let’s keep our comments on target folks. I only hope some of us can shoot better than we stay on target with the article(s).

    Blessings

  39. Folks, in my humble opinion, I feel as though we all need to just sit back and enjoy the fact that, at least for now, we are all able to express our opinions freely, without repercussions or name calling. Opinions are formed by what we see or hear, not by what others may have seen. If you ask ten people what they thought of a particular movie, for instance, three will say that it was the most interesting movie they ever went to, three will say that it was the worsttwo will tell you that they will NEVER go back to THAT theater again because of the actions of other moviegoers, and two others will tell not to go to that theater because the manager is a jerk. All those opinions were valid, for them, based upon past experiences
    Our opinions are based upon the fact that each of us see the same things but from a different perspective. If I am talking to you and I hold up my hand, palm out twelve inches in front of my face we will both be looking at the same thing(my hand), however you would describe it as having calluses and perhaps a short life-line, whereas I would describe seeing wrinkles on the skin of my knuckles and veins under the skin. We would both be correct but influenced by our perspective and no amount of arguement would change what we saw
    I will encourage M.D. to not spend a large amount of time moderating this blog as that will take away time that could better be spent building Chicken Coops or such and showing us the final result ( I enjoyed the pictures of your Coop and the pictures of it). Please continue with those kind of things and not having to baby-sit.
    Ron S.

  40. Draq wraith says:

    Hope you love the book war and peace. That’s about the volume of comments made each day times three.
    It is Sad people are so touchy you cannot say an tying with out offending their idea of life just because your view and take on bit is different from theirs.but oh well life goes on.

  41. M.D.,

    I am wondering if kicking all comments to moderation would have prevented the hurt feelings. Given that most of us, and probably you, fall on the side of free speech, the comments would still have been posted. I thought the “report comment” method was brilliant–but the Pack has to step up and report offensive comments.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      I agree with Bam Bam. You cannot second guess what people are going to be offended by.
      And I agree with JP et.al. that you can’t spend 24/7 reading comments and take care of other business. But it’s your party!

      And if you start moderating again, does that mean I get blacklisted AGAIN?

      • JP in MT says:

        TGMa:

        Blacklisted? You?

        Only if you don’t send your monthly bacon donation!

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          That reminds me …it’s been a while see I made a contribution to maintaining this pack. MD, promise it’s coming in the next few weeks!

  42. You don’t think I should have spoke my mind about how I feel, but you just wrote a novel concerning what you think and believe. Do you not see the irony here?

    • This was in reply to sirius. Dont know how it ended up down here.

    • bc, I appreciate ur utubes & ur posts, despite our disagreement over the law enforcement thing. Bam bam wrote 5 lines -not quite a “novel.” In this thread, at least, u’ve posted more lines than bam bam. I realize that I was one of the ones involved in the cop disagreement, & maybe we all just need to let go of some of our negative feelings, & move forward constructively.

      • where do you get bam bam, redc? not a clue what your talking about,but thats ok.

        • When I posted it, ur 7:44 am comment came after bam bam’s. I see now I mis-read it. My bad. Apologies. Hope u have a good weekend.

    • BC you missed my point. I didn’t say you shouldn’t have spoken your mind. I said I didn’t like the way you said it and why.

      I didn’t get butt hurt about it. I didn’t cry about it. I just moved on to the next comment. I meant no offence by what I said said, I was just stating how I felt about it as an example of how we are all adults and can self moderate.

      If that wasn’t clear in my post that’s on me. I’ll male a better effort to self-edit in the future. I used to be married to a professional editor who tore all my writing assignments up when I was in school. It infuriated me, but my professors thought I was F’n brilliant. I ain’t.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      I’m still waiting on the article detailing all that went on at Deer Lick Creek!

      • well,,,,,, i just might write one. It wasnt what i expected or hoped for,but it wasnt as bad as i thought being around folks who drank heavily was going to be. When the drinking started, i went to bed,there were no problems.I enjoyed being among other youtubers that ive known through the interwebs.It could be put to better use by including some prepper related seminars or demonstrations,but i ws just an attendee and my opinion wasnt solicited,so i kept it to myself. all in all,im not sure if i would do it again just to meet up with folks who chose to get drunk. I did enjoy giving away the stoves i made. jnull0 has a get together at his house in ohio every year. I might try and go make that one. he is a freind and takes care of his disabeled wife so im sure he doesnt waste any time money or brain matter getting drunk.

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          BC,
          Well, darn. Wish it had been better. I might take an occasional nip, DH doesn’t drink nor does anyone we know. And drunkeness is not acceptable. So we didn’t miss much there.
          I was hoping to get some tips and ideas that were new.
          Maybe something else will come up!
          Thanks for the info.

  43. Whiners Beware!! You don’t bring as much to the table as you think. MD can just cut you loose (block you) at any time if you get to be too much trouble, or let the Wolfpack eat you alive since you are such a thin skinned animal.

  44. Looks like the primary whiner’s site has all comments closed. That’s one way of assuring there’s no hurt feelings, or dissenting opinions, I guess.

  45. Urbancitygirl says:

    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.

    Yes, there were disagreements on this blog, and yes, some people could be more tactful. But, seriously, we are talking about adults here.

    There is so much to glean from the comments, even differing opinions.

    Don’t moderate, if someone gets too far out of control, then ban them. Anyone bellyaching to MD should knock that off as well.

    A business must be ran efficiently, to be cost effective and I’m sure time spent moderating each comment is ridiculously inefficient.

  46. grandma bear says:

    MD
    This website is my life line to the outside world. I have learned so much and could not have gotten to the level of preparedness without all the wonderful people that contribute so much to this wonderful website. It is a shame a few can make live miserable for the many. Now that I said that this echo’s how the 90% have to be politcally correct for the 10%. What I am getting to is, Let just put on our big girl panties and get on with life. Again thank you!

    • Hobbitt of the Shire says:

      +1

    • Grandma Bear
      Love the last comment…..it is like my parents use to tell me.
      Just pull up your boot straps and move on. Life is life, go with it or let it run you over…your choice.

    • Lets just put on our big girl panties and get on with life! :) Love it and I agree 100%.

  47. This is precisely why so many blogs just shut down comments all together, and I don’t blame them.

    MD, we come here for your content, not the comments. Shut them down, save yourself the time and the energy. Spend the time somewhere more productively. A nap sounds like a good alternative to comment moderation.

    • Manatee,

      I could use a nap or two…

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Manatee
      I love the comments even when I get hurt a little. If I wasn’t interested in different viewpoints I could go to the other sites, read a book , or talk to myself in the mirror. More than once I know misinformation has been passed here. I fact check everything I am interested in or am going to try. I like that I can grab a cup of coffee and ask you how your tomatoes are growing or if a 1710 is better than a tomcat. Just sayin…

      • Encourager says:

        TGM, I agree. Without the comments, what?? Many times it is the comments that add to the article, flesh it out, so to speak. I have learned as much by comments as by the articles themselves.

  48. Hobbitt of the Shire says:

    I am of the opinion that if you do not agree with something you have options.
    1) reply to the post
    2) ignore the post
    3) throw a fit
    4) leave
    5) shoot the computer and be done with it
    6) live in a cave and shun all outside contact

    4 of the six are intended as sarcasm in case you didn’t notice. And the ball is now in your court.

    And that is all I will say about that…………

    • I regularly want to shoot my computer, not for reasons given here. It’s usually due to my computer’s operator errors ;)

  49. M. D., I have reading your blog for almost a year now. I do not remember how I stumbled across because I was not looking for info on survival. However, I am a convert! I have such a long way to go to being mostly prepared, but my family is much moremprepared than when I first began. I do not agree with everything said here, but I just read on. We all have different experiences and world views. For example, my personal dealings with police have been very helpful. However, I understand BC has had different experiences. I cannot help but consider my response if, probably when, my experience with cops changes. I never really thought about natural cures, but reading the personal experiences of others here has given me ghe courage to begin to experiment slowly with natural remedies. Also, I have a place tl ask questions of those more knowledgable who are not trying to make money off me. I appreciate your time and effort M.D. and the time and effort of the posters. Just knowing all y’all are out there gives me hope for our country.

  50. I think that we look at this site differently than a political/social commentary site, where I don’t give a rats @ss what people think about what I think about, I have a very thick skin on those sites, this one I am looking for help and guidance, so for me the standards are different.

  51. 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.

  52. Here is MD’s ‘Comments Policy” http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/about3/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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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. !

  55. 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.

  56. 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…..how 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.

    ..it 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)…

    Brearbear

  57. 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.

  58. 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

  59. 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.

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

  61. 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:

      Brenda,

      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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

    Frank

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

  68. 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

  69. 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!

  70. 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…

  71. 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.

  72. 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

  73. 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!

  74. 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.

  75. 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:

      CountryVet
      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.

  76. ” 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.

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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!

  81. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Snakehawk
    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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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??

  84. 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.

  85. 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?!

  86. 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.

  87. 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!

  88. 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.

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

  90. 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