The discussions between readers are one of the most important elements of this site. As such, everyone is encouraged to leave comments, thoughts, rebuttals, and the like.
That being said, I would appreciate if people commenting would follow six simple rules which I have brazenly stolen from Grist.org:
- Don’t be a jerk. Nobody likes jerks.
- Try to avoid profanity. The English language is vast and magnificent.
- Do not direct personal attacks at a poster or fellow commenter. Substance, people. Substance.
- Don’t be a troll. (Troll: Commenter who makes outrageous or provocative statements purely in order to derail discussion.) You know who you are.
- No spam, no solicitation, no links to porn, no internet detritus of similar ilk.
- Seriously, don’t be a jerk.
To the greatest possible extent, I wish to avoid playing the role of the censor here. It is only under pressing circumstances that I remove comments that have legitimate content. Also, I virtually always leave a marker behind when I do so, such as [Comment removed at the request of the commenter].
To leave anonymous comments on this site, just use whatever made-up name you like, including ‘anonymous’. If you use firstname.lastname@example.org as your email address, you will get an anonymous logo beside your comment.
If you think someone is breaking the rules, please contact me.
See: Copyright info
About the ads
The site is currently serving two kinds of ad from Google’s AdSense program.
The costs associated with operating this site are partially offset through advertising from Google AdSense program. These ads are automatically selected by computer algorithms. I do not personally select them and have no control over which are included. I do not necessarily endorse and products or services they sell. As in all things, I suggest that readers exercise their judgment and good sense in evaluating any claims made on websites linked through the ad program.
I put up a financial report on earnings and expenditures for 2010: 2010 blog finances.
Comment spam filtering
Like most blogs, this one gets an excessive number of spam comments – mostly from robots trying to plant links to very dodgy sites. In order to minimize the amount of time I have to spend sorting through comments, separating wheat from chaff, a number of automatic spam filtering systems are in place. These take into account factors like email address, history of commenting, content of comment, IP address, etc.
If one of your legitimate comments was eaten by the filters, I apologize. If you let me know, I will probably be able to recover it. I may also recover it manually during one of my rare trawls through my ‘probably but not certainly spam’ folder. If you find your comments getting frequently eaten, you may find that using a real email address and reducing the number of links in each comment will help. Email addresses are collected only for internal purposes, and will never be sold or given to outside parties.
Last updated: 24 March 2011.