Tiny House Blog Comments

Update: I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to respond. I have decided to keep comments up but will set up a policy that states what will be deleted, etc. I will also start reading every comment before giving it the ok, some of which has been automated to this point. I am also looking into Disqus that will allow everyone to help in this issue. If I can’t keep up with it I will ask for volunteers to help in the process. I was extremely frustrated when the builder yesterday asked me to remove the post and said he was quitting the tiny house construction business. Sad!

Due to negativity, hateful, and critical comments on the Tiny House Blog, I am forced to rethink comments and how they will be seen in future posts. I am in a real quandary as to if I will turn off comments completely or have to police and delete comments in the future. The Tiny House Blog commenters are driving long standing readers of the blog away, making people afraid to share their tiny house stories, and as of today driven a builder away from the idea of building tiny houses due to mean comments and nasty phone calls.

In the last year there has developed a hateful and mean element in our ranks and I really have had a hard time dealing with them. My goal as editor of the blog has been to keep comments open to allow both sides to  share their opinions. I think times have changed and it may be time to shut down comments.

I want to hear your opinions on this prospect in the comment section below, but future posts may very well have comments turned off. I am really sorry to see this happen! -Kent Griswold editor of the Tiny House Blog

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278 Comments Tiny House Blog Comments

  1. Rick

    Kent,
    I have followed your blog and others for a long time. Meaness seems to be todays name of the game (such a shame)because I believe that everyone that builds something has something to offer, something different etc. Constructive comments always add to a project and I would suspect that the ones with negative comments can’t build squat. One thing that we did on other blogs was to have people that have proven themselves to be level headed in a blog to “police” it and help keep order among the masses. they would have the ability to delete vicious posts of the faceless bullys that seem to hang around blogs today because they can’t function on any level in the real world. In closing I would say you do a great job, keep up the good work for the people that really appreciate what you do and the ammount of time you put into it.
    Regards,
    Rick

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    1. Lucy

      While I support Freedom of Speech, Rick has summed up the situation very well. The haters appear everywhere possible these days and I have no problem deleting posts on my own websites that are mean-spirited. My clients have that right; they pay for the websites. Haters troll the “Ask” sections of Yahoo, health blogs, etcetera, spreading their poison. It would be a shame to shut down this delightful blog; that gives them what they want. Please consider volunteers to maintain a community spirit in this blog.

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  2. Emma

    I also get this blog as feed and so don’t read the comments but I’m sitting here racking my brain trying to think what people could be saying about a tiny house blog: “You jerk with your environmentally friendly and sustainable ways. You suck!” I mean, what is there to say. Its a blog. About tiny houses and the lifestyle the kinds of goes along with them. It’s an awesome blog.
    I’m baffled by this. Please keep up the great work.

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  3. stewart

    Good work Kent We have these house haters here in Australia and they work for the local councils. Stealthy houses is the way to go. Be innovative here and publish there email addressees after a warning and some of these haters can change tactic and do the job for you. Cheers Stewart

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  4. John from Texas

    Kent, if it wasn’t for you, I never would have bought my tiny home. And many of the insightful comments for and against “my” choice were what made it easier for me to join this wonderful movement.

    From my point of view in dealing with my own set of live, and in-person, haters in my neighborhood, and at the local tax appraisal office, it seems that “money” is the main driving force for many of these haters as tiny homes cost much less to construct than larger ones (less sales tax and income for large home builders and materials sellers), have a small footprint which brings in much less in taxes, and NIMBYers don’t want anything around them that they believe may lower their mcmansions’ resale values, or the resale values of their property, no matter how beautiful, or beneficial for all humankind, they may be.

    As someone who is far from rich, having my own home fully paid for without having to worry about a mortgage has made my life so much happier and less stressful, and I’d just like to say thank you for this great blog, Kent. I just wish we lived in a more understanding and compassionate society where more people could realize their dreams as well, but as the saying goes, “for the love of money is the root of all evil.”

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  5. Joe Michaels

    I don’t always read the comments but I hope they are allowed in the future. I read the THB daily and it is my favorite blog. I am building a tiny structure and hope to submit it when completed. Thanks for doing a great job!

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  6. Mimi Day

    THese tiny houses give people independence and freedom and lots of people don’t want that. They’re losing power, money and they are afraid. Press on. THe world of housing is changing and the middle class is being empowered. Gives you a great idea of how screwed up our society is.

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  7. Margaret Hardee

    How sad that such a fantastic, inspiring site would receive negative comments. I truly appreciate and encourage all your efforts to enable people to live more simply and sensitively. You have many supporters. Keep up the good works.

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  8. michelle brodeur

    I am sorry that peoples negativity and lack of good grace has infected this joyous and innocuous site.. Unfortunately its a fact of life today that people with nothing “good to say” feel justified spewing their uncalled for meanness to a wonderful eclectic sharing community. How about instead of the tedium of editing unnecessary vitriol, you put folks on notice that “unhelpful, angry/mean comments posted will disbar them from further access to the whole site unless they write criticisms which are productive. that way they may think twice b4 firing off such hatred in our happy blog??? Just a suggestion.

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  9. stpauligirl

    I have posted negative comments, and I am part of the problem. I acknowledge that, first.

    I respectfully disagree with the idea that this blog is like Mr. Griswold’s living room. In my opinion, it has grown beyond that stage and morphed into a public forum. I fiercely implore you not to censor or edit the comment section. I am certainly not able to judge which words and ideas are worthy to be heard. I am frightened by the prospect that unpopular, even mean-spirited words and ideas would be silenced in the name of the greater good.

    I believe that freedom of expression is the cornerstone of liberty, and that all other freedom begins with the right to criticize the government, the king, god, or the neighbor’s dog. I believe that sometimes silence is akin to wisdom, and sometimes it is complicit to evil.

    In an effort to forestall censorship, I will voluntarily stop posting, as my words have helped create this perceived problem. I hope that you will not censor the haters, the flamers, the mean-spirited or the wrong thinkers.

    The course of liberty, even when it is gritty and ugly, is more important than houses, large or tiny.

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    1. Shane

      Freedom of speech is not the freedom to go anywhere one wants and say whatever they choose. Freedom of speech applies to community, public spaces, not private spaces/places. If a person owns a website and deletes comments for whatever reason, they have that right, and it is not an infringement on another’s freedom of speech.

      People who believe they have the right to say whatever they want, whenever they want and call it “freedom of speech” are simply out of touch with reality.

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      1. Lance

        Moderation is, like anything else, best done in… uh… moderation. (See what I did there?) Over-moderation can have a chilling effect on discussion, as those with a dissenting opinion may not bother sharing their alternative view (which could very well contain legitimate points) under the assumption that it will be edited (or deleted entirely).

        As has been said repeatedly, the problem is people using anonymity as an excuse to spew disrespect that they would not dare in person (frankly, I think that is one of root causes of our societal decay, but that is its own discussion, on another blog).

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  10. Gerrit Band

    Please, keep this forum what is is for: a nice, friendly blog about living in tiny houses. If that means that you have to edit what people write or just delete it – so be it, that has nothing to do with freedom of speech. I don’t think that freedom of speech meant to be the freedom to insult people or the cause they stand for. If I can be of any help, I will gladly do so.

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  11. Courtney Kerns

    It would be very sad to suppress all the positive comments that encourage, share information and experiences, and inspire constructive discussion. I’m all for some reasonable policing of comments. Institute user accounts and a commenting policy; that is quite typical and accepted. As many others have said, keep up the good work and stay positive!

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  12. NHansard

    Dear Kent:
    I love your blog!!! In my 3+ years of weekly/daily visiting your wonderful site, I don’t know if I’ve left more than a handful of responses. But please know that regardless of whatever you decide, as so many others have expressed, I will continue to value your blog and the wealth of information/ inspiration it provides! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the time and love that you post here and choose to share with us!

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  13. William Kastrinos

    Hi Kent, fellow tiny housers (is that a word?).
    I think your website has grown to the point Kent, you might consider treating comments, as “letters to the editor”. The NY Times gets thousands of letters, they can only publish a few a day. That does not equal censorship, but just good business. You publish the ones that seem to be relevant to the topic. And even screen those with questionable “advice”. To the tiny house builder that just quit, dig in, deliver the best product you can, take public opinion, and reject it when appropriate, and change your product where you think it is appropriate. C’mon back, we need you! Bill Kastrinos Tortoise Shell Home LLC

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  14. Kristy

    I love seeing your Tiny House creations and dream of one day being free enough to actually live in one. Sadly, I too am dumbfounded as to who (and why) anyone would be mean and hateful on your comment section. Maybe its just me but, honestly, for people to discredit or bash anyone with the fortitude of living small has to be because of jealousy. As for the builder who quit because of taunts and phone calls; business’ will always have haters and you will always have people taunting and bashing – no matter what industry you are in – so, if you truly enjoy building small houses, you do a good job and have a reputation that you can be impressed with then don’t let nay-sayers deter you from what you do. Build Tiny Houses and make a mark you can be proud of.

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  15. Mick

    Man,this is a blog for people who love tiny houses, there’s no place for haters, bulling or trolling, I enjoy Reading all experiences about tiny houses, no Feed The Trolls just block’em.

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  16. Maria

    This is so sad. This blog and the tiby house movement literally changed my life. Now I’m less about my future, knowing that someday, somehow I will build and own my house. Now I have a reason to get up in the morning. Now I dream awake of my little house. It’s really sad. This is no place for tiny house haters! Keep your McMansions and leave us alone!

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  17. lisette

    there are sick folks out there who don’t have a life and who thrive on misery. There are also folks out there with a monetary interest in the status quo, that is, on keeping others from independence and self-sufficiency. The first don’t merit a moment’s worry. The second lot, well, if they are annoyed then we are likely doing something right. This just inspires me to forge on. We are building a tumbleweed house for our high-school aged daughter to take to college with her – no dorm fees, and no drunken dorm roommates – and then she will have her own home when she graduates, that she can take wherever she finds work. We’re hoping some of her classmates will say “oh, cool! I want one!”

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  18. Kim C.

    I have been reading this blog for over a year now, but I mostly just peruse the articles and enjoy the photography, never reading the comments section. I am currently baffled as to what hateful things people could say about this blog, which does so much to help people find sustainable, affordable and creative housing ideas.
    This blog has inspired me to start looking and saving now for my own tiny home. I even downloaded the free Google drafting program to mess around with what I wanted!

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  19. Sherrie

    I found this site a couple of years ago and love it. Hateful people abound, but their post on your blog do not need to stay. I would be sad if you took the blog down. There must be some way that when certin words are entered that those post could go to a hold “center” until you had a chance to review.

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  20. Rosco

    What is there to hate about tiny houses? They might not be your thing, but hatred? Who’s got the time?

    Keep the blog going. I love reading it, and it gives me great ideas for building my next house.

    Don’t let the twinkies get you down!

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  21. Jamie Wallhauser

    How unfortunate, you have an excellent blog.

    While not being completely selfless I certainly hope you can continue the comments section more carefully filtered though I realize this will take a lot of work on your part.

    Let’s face it…assholes are everywhere –in line at the bank and serving your coffee and sometimes, on your beloved blog. Just disregard them…let’s try to keep them off the grid.

    Thanks again, you have my full support!

    Jamie Wallhauser

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  22. Erik M

    I love it.
    This blog and the Tinyhouse movement is making progress and there is a certain, corrupt, group that is afraid or jealous.
    That is to be expected, and noted a sign of progress.

    There was a time, back when electricity was still in its infancy, when people feared that electricity would leap out of the wires in their homes and electricute them. So people were hesitant to get electric service. Can you imagine?

    Housing is changing and continues to evolve. The toxic, mcmansion will, not soon enough, be the mud huts and caves of yesteryear.

    I love my tiny house. I know I’ve done the right thing. Now I’m in a unique position of wondering when the rest of the world will evolve. Its happening.

    The dirty words of insurance, oil, ‘stuck to the ground’ home builders aren’t going to deter me.

    It would be entertaining to have a section on the site where we can report the sleazy games of the corrupt. This would help to expose the criminals and educate others on how to deal with the trash. I mean there are blogs about how to get rid of ants and fruit flies. Corrupt corporatists need the same sanitizing.

    Thanks for all you do.

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  23. tiny house owner

    We live in a tiny house. We enjoy it.

    That said, there is a place for constructive criticism and for letting people know about the difficulties and dangers they could face as they embark on building a tiny home. Not everyone should build one. Not everyone who is in business building them should be, even if they mean well.

    That doesn’t mean you should tolerate unnecessarily offensive ways of expressing concerns. Certainly filter out obnoxious comments. Your readers will appreciate it. This is your private website. However, if it’s possibly a constructive comment, perhaps you could send the offender a message letting him know there’s a problem and suggesting he reword it to conform to the policy you establish.

    Tiny houses have advantages, but they’re not immune to many of the woes of larger houses. In fact, in some cases, they introduce new challenges or exacerbate some of the traditional home challenges, including difficulties in dealing with contractors.

    People seriously considering tiny house living need to be prepared for the worst, then hopefully they can enjoy the best.

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  24. Tana

    Just delete the hate we don’t need to read it anyway, haters will always be there. I love reading comments about tiny houses, keep it up.

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