I had hoped that I did not need a comments policy, but it appears as if I now do. The comments policy is as follows:
- No foul language. I am the arbitrator of what this implies.
- Straight attack comments are not allowed.
- Your comments must have something to do with the post to which you are commenting.
Comments that violate this policy will be edited or removed at my discretion with or without warning. Repeat offenders may be banned with or without warning. I have so far only ever banned one person, and I hope to not have to do it more, but recent comments have made me decide I need to put this in writing.
Note that there is a difference between simple insulting comments and comments that make factual statements that are snarky. An example of the former: “You’re king of the debunkers, not to mention a scientists scientist & not an anonymous internet blow hard.” An example of the latter: “He got the dates wrong for the Luna 2 lunar impact and the Apollo 11 landing! How lame do you have to be to get two dates wrong when NASA’s had their documents on the web for the last 20 years!”
The former is a good way to be blocked. The latter is acceptable.
Last updated September 9, 2011.