We Get Complaints

From time to time, I get notes asking why someone’s comments have been trimmed or deleted.

This is not a blog intended to be a wide-open forum for anything someone posts.  If you write to the Globe and Mail, you can’t demand that your letter be printed.

From time to time, someone gets repetitive and there is no point in publishing this sort of material.  Other times, people say things that deserve a new thread and I hold onto the comments as a starting point for that discussion.

On many, many occasions, I fix up the layout of comments, the atrocious spelling and grammar by some writers who have good things to say, but whose text would put off some readers by its style. 

That’s what editors do.

8 thoughts on “We Get Complaints

  1. Hi Steve;

    I wish your site didn’t change em dashes–like this–to en dashes. Or is there a different way it likes to see em dashes — like this – or like this?

    Yeah, that’s a pretty minor complaint!

    Steve: I think it wants a double dash and this shows up as an em dash. I have never looked under the covers in the code in the Word Press editor to see how it munches the input. Your example above shows the effect.

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  2. No complaints on my end! I enjoy reading others’ opinions no matter how crass or on the basis of how many spelling mistakes there are (as long as it is comprehensible in the end).

    Anyhow, you’re doing a bang up job, so I think I should give you a compliment instead of a complaint! 🙂

    Steve: Many thanks.

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  3. I know you’re not a big fan of Joe Clark but I do have to agree with him once & a while. He has a article up about TTC signage which may be of interest to you & the other people who visit.

    Steve: I am not going to be drawn into a debate about Joe Clark or anyone else who has commented on this site. He makes some very good points although he is rather, er, emphatic about his points of view, and I think that this undermines his effectiveness. He has his style of presentation, I have mine.

    One thing I have learned running this blog is that there are many points of view, and I am prepared to entertain most of them. Yes, I make comments because this is a conversation. Defending my own positions has actually been useful because I have to ask myself whether I might be wrong or misguided. Whether my eventual position matches every readers’ outlook on the world is another matter.

    Nobody is forced to read my material, but I welcome all who do.

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  4. Hey, whats the point of message boards mailing lists if you just post everything? This is your editorial, not some discussion page.

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  5. I agree with Jen. I want to hear your opinion on the whole matter of signage and The Modernization of Eglinton station.

    Steve: I will reply to this in a separate post over the weekend.

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  6. Yes, thanks Steve, it’s your blog, your contribution and you have every right to limit how you give your time, as the spirit of advancing effective transit is your guiding principle.

    I know I’m obsessed about the folly of the Front St. road project – and may I suggest that if we had a Front St. transitway, at least in the west central end, we could expedite a huge amount of service into the core, and while it would certainly cost a batch of money, there’s very good odds of having a dedicated ROW into the core.

    Sound familiar – yes, it’s only five years or so.

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  7. The things I learn on this website. I did not even know there were names for short and long dashes — even though I use them constantly.

    Like Hamish and others, I have a few obsessions. A minor one that won’t go away:

    Who, apparently upon the opening of the B-D subway, wrote something like ‘It’s the world’s longest bathroom — only without the attendant facilities, as any rider caught short will surely attest.’

    I have not yet found the answer.

    Steve: The “em” and “en” dashes are so named because they are the same width as the corresponding letters. The terms originate, like so much of what we take for granted in electronic publishing, in the era of cold type.

    -Ed D.

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  8. Ed, it was after the Montreal Metro opened in Oct ’66 that they called our subway “bathrooms without plumbing”. Talking about bathrooms, the building code says interchange stations must have bathrooms, so how is it St. George doesn’t have any?

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