I just added a paragraph to our commenting policy:
What you’re seeing here is a recent plea from an “updater” on Facebook, with the identifying information cropped out. I’m not going to bother saying who it is, because this comes up multiple times a week. Briefly, this kind of thing is total BS and nobody who makes a request like this deserves your cooperation. Let me get into the details about why.
Today I’m going to give some extra attention to what is rapidly becoming THE most frequently asked question in the last few weeks, with some slight variations. They go something like this:
Are you watching?
Today, the blog turns two.
Today we are commemorating International Women’s Day and participating in A Day Without a Woman by “wearing” red and not doing any blog work.
I want to get ahead of the need to have to explain this in response to a specific situation and avoid having anyone feel singled out.
Hey, remember that time I started a blog? That was one year ago today and during that year the blog has grown into something both more complex and more rewarding than I anticipated.
We are ready to get back to posting as usual. Our technical problems are not fully resolved, so there maybe periodic outages of all or part of the site. Thank you for your patience. Consider this the official open thread until Saturday arrives.
Whatever else has changed in the world tonight, what hasn’t changed is that this blog is no place for misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, or any other kind of bigotry.