Adopting Stephen Fry’s rules of Kindly Welcomes and Genuine Friendliness

When the number and quality of negative comments became unbearable on Vicky Haigh’s site, I set it to ‘private’. Here I have only occasionally deleted comments that I did not consider either inspiring, empowering or helpful.

Now I have come across Stephen Fry’s rules:

  • Kindly welcomes
  • Genuine friendliness
  • Consideration and appreciation of others
  • Acceptance and friendship
  • Intolerance only of rudeness and unkindness.

It would be ‘nice’ if commentator would adhere to them, PLEASE! Isn’t there enough negativity out there? Look at my latest ‘wake up call’.

With many thanks in advance,




About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is
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2 Responses to Adopting Stephen Fry’s rules of Kindly Welcomes and Genuine Friendliness

  1. Anonymous says:

    I just wonder if some of the unacceptable comments were posted by ordinary people or by the manipulators who are trying to keep us stirred up all the time.

    • THANK YOU, dear Anonymous!

      First of all, I know that people are always doing their best. If they knew better, they would do better. So we have to live with what we get.

      If there are some who are so wounded that they get their kicks from hurting others, then it’s up to us to protect ourselves from them, hopefully without hurting them.

      That’s my reasoning behind deleting comments occasionally 21 of 2,026 so far.

      When deleting comments is not sufficient, I ‘blacklist’ the commentators who cannot ‘behave’.

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