I’ve fallen down on the job a bit as a blogger and a human.
On another post I also allowed Sean’s comment to publish, and it contained a bit more information (a website), though I decided to withhold another person’s comment along those lines.
Nevertheless, Joe rightfully took us to task.
While Sean and I certainly didn’t intend to create trouble for anyone, Joe’s comment made me rethink allowing that contact information to be available here. I’ve redacted the phone numbers and email addresses. Bloggers and media outlets are sometimes too quick to facilitate the invasion of someone’s privacy. I can’t do anything to prevent that information being available elsewhere, but this blog is one place where I can, through careful editing/moderating, raise the tenor of controverial topics and avoid publishing information which might possibly place someone in harm’s way. Let’s face it — although we’ve had a glimpse of a certain kind of crazy lately, there’s a fair amount of “counter-crazy” trolling the blogs & media sites of central Massachusetts, and they can be just as hateful in their way as those to whom they’re opposed.
I’ll try to be a bit more circumspect here, and I challenge other bloggers & the mainstream media to be careful as well.