Having received comments and concerns from more than one of my Iron Bloggers as well as several past Challengers and a few Challengers waiting in the wings to compete, I think it's time to change something.
Quite simply put, some of you are spending way too much time tearing the posts to shreds in the comments and not actually discussing the issues. This is both counter to the purpose of Iron Blog and is patently unfair to those who are brave enough to debate as they are unable to respond in the comments. Something needs to be done.
My choices as I see them are A. to allow them to respond to all of you, in which case we quickly devolve into bickering and flaming and lose sight of the real reason we're here, or B., restrict comments from discussing the battle itself and keep them solely for discussing the topic.
I choose B.
To put it bluntly, we're about to lose Iron Bloggers and Challengers because they're getting sick of posting here when the only thing they get to read in the comments is about the 'mack truck sized holes' in their arguments or how they 'utterly failed' to do X, Y and Z. If you see so many flaws in their arguments, why not put your money where your mouth is and be a Challenger? These people volunteer their time - and it IS time-consuming - to debate here as a public service and they get treated like dirt by arm-chair critics.
I'd rather restrict the comments and try my best to keep the debates on topic and focus on the sharing of ideas rather than the nitpicking over them. From now on, comments addressing the combatants, their posts, the weaknesses thereof and such are not allowed and will be deleted. Discuss the death penalty for crying out loud, not why Rosemary or Big Dan's arguments about it suck. Is that so hard?