Thinking Out Loud

February 3, 2010

Comments Too Hot For SCL

Filed under: blogging — Tags: , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 5:29 pm

This is one of three comments I’ve posted to Stuff Christians Like that got edited out in the moderation process.   Maybe you can tell me why.   This one was in reference to post #337, about the guys who yell “Jesus” at the top of their lungs in the middle of a concert.

…The other variant on this is where a member of the band — or someone in the crowd if there’s a lull in the concert — yells out, “Gimme a ‘J’” The crowd yells “J” The band member yells out “Gimme an ‘E’” …You get the drift.

Anyway, many years ago I attended a large outdoor concert in Toronto, Canada where a well-meaning drummer had the right idea, but in terms of the actual spelling, got off to a rather poor start with, “Gimme a ‘G’”

At first, you thought he was going somewhere else with this, like G-O-D, but in the end it was like watching a train wreck take place in very slow motion; right down to the very end where he yelled out, “Whadda ya got?”

We looked at each other, shrugged our shoulders, and yelled out “Gay-soos” at the top of our lungs.

So what comments that you considered relevant and acceptable didn’t get published? (Bear in mind I’ll probably edit them, too.)   And what was wrong with this.   I mean the “Gesus” thing is somewhat irreverent if done intentionally, but this guy just slipped up.

UpdateIt turns out that my comments on SCL are being deleted on a regular basis.   Why, Jon?   On Tuesday, Jon suggested that he was willing to write guest posts on “100, maybe 200” blogs to promote his book.   I wrote this:

You said “100” (the “200” was a “maybe”) and so far over 400 people have posted a comment.   That narrows everyone’s odds to less than one in four.   So obviously, I’ve got to promise something that none of the others can, and here it is:

If you write for Thinking Out Loud, you will be blessed.

This was a rather obvious reference to the people you meet in Christian circles who rather freely use the phrase, “You will be blessed;” promising something neither God nor they can deliver just for the meeting of certain conditions.   Not hilarious, perhaps, but an accurate (and non-offensive) representation of what some people say.   And let’s face it, not every sentence Jon writes hits a home run, though if he’d written the above, everybody would be fawning all over it.

It was posted to comment page 15 (new comments create new pages, so the numbers hold) sometime in the early evening of Tuesday, but by 11:00 EST it had disappeared off the site.  Maybe Jon’s giant banner ad in this blog’s sidebar ought to disappear as well.  It’s not like I’m getting paid for it.  But that would be vindictive.


  1. I really don’t know what to make of that. *blink*

    Comment by Jon Reid — February 3, 2010 @ 11:46 pm

  2. For whatever it’s worth, I don’t believe in moderating comments. I don’t delete or edit them or anything, and I don’t like it when other people do.

    Comment by stephy — March 20, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

  3. PS – My comments on Jon’s blog have been edited too.

    Comment by stephy — March 20, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

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