General rules about comments

The comments function of the site is there to encourage anyone and everyone to speak up about what has been posted.  While posts are generated by me, I welcome all feedback and wholeheartedly endorse discussion and interaction via comments.  Whether you agree or disagree with me, want to seriously debate a topic, wish to express a different way of looking at something, or just want to add a quick emoticon, never hesitate to say what is on your mind when leaving a comment here.  The only thing I ask is that you please follow and respect my rules.

  • Please submit your comments only under the post to which they correspond.
  • Never submit comments that violate someone else’s rights or the law (i.e., threatening someone).
  • Comment moderation is currently enabled and may delay your post.  You don’t have to resubmit if your comment doesn’t show up immediately; I promise it’s in there and I’ll get to it.
  • Approved comments are permanent and will not be changed or deleted.  If you wish to update your previous response, feel free to submit a new comment to clarify or augment your previous reply.
  • On the outside chance I’ve closed comments on an entry to which you would like to respond, contact me via e-mail and I’ll help you out.
  • Trackbacks and pingbacks which do not include a link to the post you are referencing will not be accepted.
  • I have no problem with profanity (you’ll notice I use it myself), but please be sure it’s appropriate and not excessive.  Basically put, no swearing for the sake of swearing.
  • No flaming.  I enthusiastically welcome and encourage lively discussion, debate and deliberation, but personal attacks with no redeeming value are verboten.
  • Above all else, use common sense.

I reserve the right to edit or delete your comment if I deem it necessary, and that even if you have not broken any of these rules.

All comments are bound by these rules and any changes or additions to them that I may make from time to time, with or without notice to you.

I read all comments.  Despite this, I may not respond to all of them.  It is often better to let a comment stand on its own merits than it is to respond gratuitously just to say I responded to your comment.  Don’t ever think I didn’t read what you said just because I didn’t respond to it specifically.

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