Comment Moderation Policy

There are guidelines I follow to ensure that the comments in the blog create the kind of open, intelligent, respectful, critical thinking community that the blog exists to serve.  If you do not keep with these, then your comment will not make the cut.  I want as many of your comments to get shared as possible, your contribution is important and valued, so please do your bit to make that possible.

1. Play the Ball, Not the Wo/Man

Be as vigorous and sweary as you like in tackling my posts or the comments of other readers, but never make it personal.

2. Back up your opinions

Often people comment simply to say ‘this is bollocks’ or present stats without sources.  These comments will not be accepted.  If you have an opposing idea, then it is welcome, but it must be backed up.  If you can’t prove it, don’t say it.

3. Don’t be a bigot

Comments which are racist, homophobic, ableist, transphobic, sexist or otherwise bigoted are not welcome here. I have a personal distaste for the word c*nt, and am likely to trash comments with that word in it.

That’s it. Not too taxing and intended to support a great place for proper debate of ideas.

8 thoughts on “Comment Moderation Policy

  1. toni wintroub says:

    just to thank you for your standard-setting. the ad hominem stuff i see on so many other sites turns my stomach……and i really don’t see much use to simple venting of the spleen with over the top profanity…….distracts from what we need to be attending to.

  2. Peter Walsh says:

    Hi, Your comment moderation policy says you won’t tolerate comments that are racist, homophobic, ableist, transphobic, sexist etc. I notice you don’t mention speciesist. Is that because you tolerate speciesism? Your posts seem to focus on human suffering but surely the greatest injustice and suffering is done to non-human sentient creatures?

    • toni wintroub says:

      thank you, thank you, thank you, pw! i have been all over sites and blogs for several weeks now….w/ an eye toward trying to avert u.s. military action in syria. you are the very first person to consider the other innocents on the planet–i.e., to state it explicitly. i confess i THINK about them and include them in my heart, but i don’t think i’ve said it in a post. i agree with you more than 100%. in my worse moments, i’m rather misanthropic and believe mother nature should have stopped her evolution at the bonobos….

      i can’t tilt at all the windmills, but i will be on this one soon: i just found out about canned lion hunts.

    • Scriptonite says:

      Peter, that is the focus of my blog. So if you want to read about human and environmental suffering – you’ll find articles here of interest to you. If not, you’ll probably find other blogs devoted to your area of concern.

      • Peter Walsh says:

        Dear Scriptonite, I appreciate and respect that your blog focuses on human and environmental suffering, just as mine focuses on animals. My question though, was about the limits of our intersectionality. If we leave out one oppressed group then surely we can’t condemn those who oppress another group?

  3. Tony says:

    Excellent article – just a pity that the mainstream media will not publish the truth….

  4. Anonymous says:

    I will not share my thoughts. I do not know who the hell you are? Do I agree with the reports you have so eliquently portrade. (excuse the spelling I was educated in the Fifties). I agree that a police state is all around us. And that a coooh has taken place. The tory Bastards only wait, Sorry plan for the riot that will happen after October this year 2013. I implore you do not allow this to happen. If we do not get organised, Form a political party by chrisrtmas this year. Organise the unemployed, sick and disabled and the pensioners, to Vote for the only party that will act on their behalf. We have a working name ‘the lifestile manifesto party’. We would need to stand for all seats in the parliment around 600. This will take around £25m plus £20m suport costs. If you cannot support this effort then you are wasting your time and giving away our 1100 year old so called democriocy. We have plans and the information you have provided is very helpfull. (I just hope you have downloaded it all before the links are lost) dont think that this site has gone unnoticed. Just hope it has. we have only a few weeks to setup alturnative. contact sources! If you like what you see contact me directly. m

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