There are a few policies that I have recently re-instituted regarding commenting and discussion on this blog, which I believe are important for fostering the kinds of conversations I seek to generate here.
I desire my blog to be as free a space of discourse as possible. I do aspire for speech here to be as free as possible, and as open as it can be to whomever may wish to comment and discuss. As such I try to have as light a hand as possible in comment moderation. Basically I will allow 99% of all comments to be posted. There are, however a couple exceptions that I feel need to be stated up front.
First, no pseudonymous or anonymous comments will be allowed. While I understand that some folks have a desire to speak from the shelter of pseudonymity, sometimes for partially-valid reasons, I am interested in fostering conversations that are transparent, truthful, and up front. In the years I have written this blog I’ve gone back and forth on this policy, but now it is here to stay. Whatever benefits pseudonymity may have in the blogosphere, it is far outweighed by the bad habits of dishonesty, subterfuge, and maliciousness it seems to often generate. As such it is not welcome here. If you want to discuss, you must be honest and willing to be on the record. Please note, this does not disallow the use of pen names and the like when the identity of the user of that name is commonly known and unhidden. We seek to inhibit subterfuge, not style.
Second, gratuitous and malicious personal attacks are not welcome here. Heated argument, even extremely heated argument and accusation is indeed welcome, but attacks that are solely designed to personally defame and humiliate others are not welcome.
Another point that should be made clear is that, due to the volume of comments often posted here, I simply cannot make time to respond to all of them nor do I plan on trying to do so. I respond when and where I can and when and where I am most interested and able. No offense or slight is intended towards those I don’t get around to responding to.