This is my site, and one of the facilities I provide is a signal to noise ratio. You want unmoderated discussion? Go and drown in usenet, which I abandoned years ago.
In other words, I reserve the right to trim or delete junk [*]. Naturally, since they are your words, you will not see them as junk and will instantly accuse me of censorship and membership of the Sekret Kabal (though you may misspell it). If you accusations are amusing, I’ll keep them and reply with mockery. If they are boring, I may delete them [*]. Although usually I’ll shuffle them off to the Burrow where they slumber quietly not interrupting the flow.
If you have loong things to say then you really need to put them into your own webspace and post a link as a comment, together with a brief summary. The world will either love you or (more likely) ignore you. Loong things that are on topic, and well referenced or well argued, will generally be kept. Loong things that are off topic, or which tendentiously rehash basic theory, won’t.
A corollary of the I-will-delete-trolling policy is that regular folk should avoid feeding the trolls.
Finally, a plea for politeness and civility, though it will appear strangely misplaced after the above. Obviously rude words are out; deliberately dismissive diminutives of other peoples names are discouraged; I know it irritates me when people do it to me, so I don’t see why anyone else should do it here.
[*] It has been pointed out to me that simply deleting comments means that those who reply to comment #17, or whatever, look silly when they all get out of order. Ah well, I’ll try to blank rather than delete tripe, but I don’t promise anything.
Even more finally: email addresses. The comment section has a portion for email address. Please use it, with a valid address. I won’t disclose your address. But if I delete your comment, I may well tell you why if you’ve given a valid address. In this world of throwaway gmail addresses that can do redirect, you have no excuse for not providing a valid address. Not providing a valid address is grounds for having your comment deleted, if I care.
I may experiment with http://whatever.scalzi.com/2013/01/21/the-kitten-setting/
Updated on: 2012/11/25