...if you even choose to do so after this.
The things that I choose to write about here have a point. Now if you would like to show me how I have not made the point, or tell me how I could have made that point expressing myself better, that’s fine. If you simply do not understand the point, especially after I have even pointedly told you exactly what it is, there may be nothing I can do about that unless you can also tell me why you think my point is invalid. As long as you do understand the point, you’re also welcome to disagree with it. What you can’t do is choose to say I have made a point I have not and disagree with something that isn’t my point.
You cannot infer other things from the material I have presented to make other points that have nothing to do with the point I have made and expect that I am going to honor those comments unless they’re in jest or made as some kind of statement that is agreed to be superfluous.
Some of the things I write may serve as a prompt to you to write about things related to a matter. I also realize that sometimes people make comments that are just peripheral to the point of the article and others may wish to continue a line of discourse that can go in many directions. That’s fine too, but I probably am not going to choose to engage in those threads. If you are responding to me, then you need to respond to the point of my article except as I have mentioned in the previous paragraph.
As an example, if I am writing about lactose intolerance and have mentioned ice cream as being a culprit, and you tell me that chocolate is your favorite ice cream flavor, as mentioned above, we would probably agree that it’s just a superfluous comment, and although the flavor of ice cream has nothing to do with lactose intolerance, it doesn’t make any difference because you’re not saying that it does have to do with the subject material. It’s a perfectly acceptable interjection for fun.
What would not be acceptable to me is if you made a comment about how ice cream is a cause for obesity and related it to some out of context word or phrase in my article or in some comment I made in some thread on the post. I might agree with some, all, most, little or none of what you have commented about ice cream leading to obesity, but it has nothing to do with my mention of ice cream as a source of lactose intolerance, and is not something I will probably wish to discuss on that post.
I hope I have made myself clear. The point is that you must remain on point if you wish to discuss with ME seriously on a matter that I have written about. If I haven’t made this point clear, you’re welcome to show me how I might have been clearer. I am always open to how I might be able to express myself with more clarity. If you do understand the point, you can disagree with it too. Now if you come in and start to talk about comment deletion or other author preferences, that’s not on point, but those types of comments would also make my point.