Things get lively in here sometimes. Too lively in some cases.
Sometimes it’s a matter of taste, but other times it veers into the
slander and irrelevant neighborhoods. Our default position on this
is to let comments go, but we will delete some.
(Amended on Sept. 2, 2008) We reserve the right to
delete any comment, period. However, we’ll generally follow some
basic guidelines. We normally won’t stop you from making stupid
arguments. You’re on your own there. We will, however, likely
delete comments that:
1. Contain profanity.
2. Are potentially libelous.
3. Are there for the sole purpose of pimping another site with
no regard for the conversation here. If your site is related to
this topic, then we have no problem.
4. Are written primarily to call someone else stupid
insult someone. (Changed on Sept. 2, 2008)
5. Include copyrighted material. It’s considered “fair use” to
pull a few quotes from someone else’s writing, but it should be
cited and we would prefer a link. If you copy an entire story or
column and post it here, we won’t let it run.
We might delete comments that:
1. Call someone else a liar without any proof. Feel free to cite
inconsistencies in someone’s argument, but assuming someone is
lying can be treacherous. In the journalism world we are advised,
“Show. Don’t tell.” So if you think someone is lying, show us
2. Add little or no value to the conversation.
3. Are wrong. In general we won’t, because proving a negative
(i.e. “That’s wrong.”) is difficult. And sometimes we’re wrong
about what’s wrong. Once in a while, however, we might ask you to
provide evidence or delete the comment.
4. Are off topic
We don’t want to delete anything, so let’s do our best to stay
on topic. If your purpose in posting is to lash out at someone who
angered you, step back a moment and reconsider. Play nice, kids. Be
honest, but as we’ve said in the past, assume your opponent is
every bit as smart as you, in spite of the overwhelming evidence to