Etymology: Middle English pol, polle, from Middle Low German
5 a : a questioning or canvassing of persons selected at random or by quota to obtain information or opinions to be analyzed b : a record of the information so obtained
I’m rather disappointed in how my previous post turned out when I posted the question about parents and how often people communicate with them. I simply wanted people to share their own experiences, and while I accepted that I might receive some comments on my own experiences, I really, really didn’t want to start any kind of comment war. It always seems to happen on this blog – we’ll go months and hardly anyone will comment and then one particular post sparks this great debate and everything goes crazy.
I will admit that when I first read Tay’s comment, I bristled slightly and then I made myself reread it (a little bit more slowly) and I understood what he was saying. It took me a moment, but it made sense. And then, following the comments in response to his, him and I had a very long discussion about it and the comments and why people might have said what they said. I appreciated how, following our conversation, the next morning he took the time to clarify himself and to express what he really meant. Like Tina commented, it was well said, but unfortunately, I don’t think people were willing to see beyond his original comment.
Anyhow, I accept that this is public space and unless I remove the ability to remove comments from my blog, people will continue to comment (which is a good thing, I love getting comments) but I’d like to ask that people only comment on the post at hand and refrain from directing their comments at other people. It’s a blog, not a message forum, and I don’t need people coming to my defense. I can do that myself and will do so, but I won’t do it in front of all of you, I’ll do it in private which is how it should be.