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I realize that I am a new blogger for this site, and have enjoyed the challenge of sharing some of the latest scientific breakthroughs as they are happening. I have enjoyed reading some of my fellow bloggers, “Sciblings,” learning about new discoveries from their perspectives.
I have also noted a lack of civility in some articles on this site. To such bloggers, I would like to respectfully make a call to civility. I have noticed an unfortunate tendency for some of them to use terms such as “dumbass” and “stupid” in articles discussing opposing points of view. Sites such as ScienceBlogs are appropriate for discussion of a variety of opinions, but is it necessary to use such derogatory terms? The reason is transparent: it is an easy way to be provocative and to attract readers.
For those bloggers with a habit of using derogatory terms, please consider alternatives when tackling an opposing point of view. It may require more careful consideration of choice of expression and could result in a richer discussion, and there may be a risk that you might not attract readers who flock to material with provocative taglines. But would it not enhance our reputation as a “go to” site for intelligent discussion about scientific issues of the day?