After consulting with the Squarespace help desk and a good bit of deep breathing, Mrs. G. is having second thoughts about password protecting the blog. In order to password protect the blog, Mrs. G. didn't realize she has to invite readers to join, and while she knows how to contact many of you, there are hundreds of sweet lurkers she has no idea how to reach. There would indeed be valid, beloved derfs who might not make the cut. Not fair.
And then there were these very astute comments:
I second and third the notion that Sasha should fuck right off. Mrs. G, can't you just get a hair trigger on the delete button? I say that because password protecting might be a disincentive for some lurkers or people who just stop by from blurting out a comment that is a cry for help and brings out the full righteous force of The Women's Colony. I think of the woman a few weeks ago who opened up about being in an abusive relationship. I can't believe her confession was a long planned out thing. I think she showed up at the Women's Colony, thought she'd comment on something and it all just came out. Instantly there were offers of help and shelter from around the country. There are precious few places where that sort of thing happens and I'd hate to see password protection -- which I'm assuming would put a few day wait period on requests for a password -- be a barrier that stops that sort of cry for help. What if you deputize some of us to be Troll Patrol. We have your back.
I, too, would hate to see this space password-protected and therefore difficult for newbies to join. Can't you just assign a few frequent readers whose judgment you trust comment deletion powers, to take care of the trolls? Sounds to me as though Sasha has never struggled with weight gain and therefore has no compassion for those who have. Her loss... (ooh, no pun intended)
So in an effort to avoid exclusivity and maintain the kindness and integrity of the community, Mrs. G. is implementing the following nonnegotiable commenting rule:
1) If you personally insult Mrs. G. or any other reader, your comment will be deleted and you will be blocked. The end.
Mrs. G. asks all readers to ignore shitty comments until she can delete them. Jackasses want attention; let's not give them any.
p.s. Mrs. G's ass has feelings too.