When we started Notes From The Margin we deliberately set out NOT to be another Barbados Free Press or Barbados Underground. Both of these sites have their place in the Blogosphere and our belief was that the market space for that type of Blog was already adequately filled (even if we had the occasional reservation about some things). After all, with two very strong anti corruption blogs who needs another “me too”?
We felt there was an “unserved niche” for a blog that gave thought provoking articles about things that while they were relevant to life in Barbados and the Caribbean, they were not necessarily things that you knew about or thought about much until it was drawn to your attention. We try to be balanced, reasonable and as fair as we can be.
We did NOT want to be a forum for partisan political discussion, and we did not want to be a blog where people were abused for giving voice to their ideas. Disagreed with, debated, argued, discussed but never abused. With that in mind we have exercised editorial privilige over the last few days on the posts of a particular commenter.
We know that on other blogs they are quite liberal in what they allow in the discussion and they are loathe to edit comments unless severely provoked and generally, we support this view. That said, we believe that intelligent adults should be able to express their opinions without having to tear down the opposing person by use of vitriol. If you can’t articulate your ideas without resorting to abuse, you probably are not ready to take part in the discussion you will find here (or that we want you to find here). Comments that fall short of our general standard WILL be edited.
This is not a position that we have taken lightly or without thought, our readers are free to disagree with us but as we see it this decision is necessary for the good of NFTM and the discussions that we hope this blog will develop.
Having got that off our chests, thank you for taking the time to visit the site and we look forward to your contributions to the discussions.