The above comment was left on my blog a couple of weeks ago and I have been struggling on what to do with it. I have my blog set so I can approve the comments and I marked this one as spam, not because I didn’t want a negative comment on my blog but because I didn’t want to give someone who is a Holocaust denier a voice.
The last part of that previous sentence resounds in my head – “…didn’t want to give someone who is a Holocaust denier a voice.” Why does it echo so loudly? Well, because I value the 1st Amendment and the right to free speech. Therein lies the struggle. Do I give this person a voice and try to convince them that they are wrong, or do I just pretend it didn’t happen and move on? My initial reaction was to just pretend it didn’t happen, but it has been nagging at me for the last two weeks for two reasons: 1) it is completely off base and should be countered; 2) by ignoring it and not giving the person a voice, I am going against what I believe is an important part of our society, regardless of whether it is offensive or completely wrong. People should be able to voice what they believe.
So, with it nagging me in the back of my head, I have sat on it and debated with myself about it. I posted it on my Instagram account and asked what they thought I should do. One very succinct response was that it was easy to counter because the claim is so far off base. The best part of the response was “If [he] died tomorrow, there would be less evidence that [he] ever existed than there is to prove the Holocaust was a historical fact. Yet, I doubt he would deny his own existence.”
That leaves me to pose two questions to my readers and fellow bloggers:
- What do you do with negative comments to your blog? Do you allow them AND ignore them by not responding OR do you allow them and respond?
- What do you think is the right approach for dealing with this particular comment? How would you respond?
I would appreciate your advice. What would you do?
This is a tough one. I would check the blog of the person who commented and see if they seem like someone who would willingly engage in a healthy debate. I think from there – you’d know if it’s worth it or not….
Thanks for your response. I did check the site before I initially decided to mark it as spam. But, it may be worth revisiting it and evaluating it more closely.