Comments are a way for you to discuss with me, and with other people. However, some comments have been deemed as uninterpretable or unreliable.
I take your comments very seriously. So I have a few rules in place for comments.
- If you’re new, the comment you draft will not appear immediately. I have a vetting process whereby I read the comment and publish only those comments that don’t appear to be “spam.” I don’t want spam cluttering up the comments postings so I approve only comments that are not spam.
- Sometimes the posts I author generate strong emotional reactions because of the subject matter involved. If your comment is negative and addresses the argument I set out in the post, then I will publish the comment. If your comment attacks me personally or your comment doesn’t contain an argument against a position, I probably won’t publish your comment. There’s an appropriate time and place for editorial opinions. I can think of two places (i) the perspective pages of a newspaper with a particularly bad editor and (ii) a freshman logic, English, or philosophy class. So go back to school or submit a “letter to the editor” if that’s what you’re interested in publishing.
- Comments should be directly relevant to the post the author is responding to. Readers may become very confused by comments irrelevant to the blog post.
- Comments that are intentionally supposed to bring about an emotion usually isn’t successful in the blogosphere. Emotions such as sarcasm, harmless ridicule, or “just having fun” not only gets a bad interpretation from others, but remember, other people everywhere can read this, not just people that I personally know. If you are being sarcastic, please try to show that you are.