The aim is to provide a venue for people to contribute and to engage in a civil and respectful manner. Do not comment on other commenters with negative implications.
Be as brief as possible. Three paragraphs is not a definite limit, but is a useful guideline. You always have the option of setting up your own blog and linking to longer expositions there.
Don’t hog the space. Allow room for other people to have a say. Stay on topic. If you have something else to say, take it to an open thread. Thread domination and thread derailment are not good netiquette.
First comments by new commenters are automoderated.
Posting links is a valuable part of sharing. Be aware, however, that more than two links in a comment will trigger the moderation or spam filters. The best option is to spread the links over two or more comments.
Pseudonyms are fine, but commenters must supply an email address where they can be contacted. Sock puppets (pretending to be another identity) are not fine. Continuity of identity is the expectation. Moniker-morphing to make a point or for humorous effect is fine but you must maintain a consistent online identity by:
- registering a distinctive gravatar to the email address you use for commenting , or
- signing your usual ‘nym’ at the end of your comment, or
- linking to your own blog/website in the ID field.
Finally, discretion lies with the moderator. The purpose of moderation is to create and maintain a congenial and inclusive space. If necessary, action will be taken to permanently moderate or ban particular commenters. This blog is not a public place. While an element of subjectivity is unavoidable, every effort will be made to act with fairness and consistency.