Comment Deletion, Comment Policy, etc.
A few quick points.
Front page authors: it is absolutely against our comment policy to delete any comments unless they are abject trolling, way out-of-bounds attacks on the author or other commenters, or seriously profane. We don’t delete comments we disagree with or just because we find them annoying. If you have a sub-blog you create your own comment policy modeled after the spirit of the larger blog. If you write on the front page you stick to this like it’s the word of a wrathful God. No more deleting comments unless it’s a troll, someone who has been banned, etc. If you have questions email Mark or myself and we can help.
Commenters: We have a commenting policy which has been down for some reason but here it is.
Live by it. Have fun. Try to have a good conversation. We don’t ban you for your ideas, we ban you for being a prick and calling people names and stomping your feet like a damn baby. If you’re doing that, stop it. Take your barfights elsewhere. This place is for smoking and drinking and having a nice conversation.
I’m quite pleased with the direction of the site, but when these things start popping up it makes me nervous. All writers and commenters should feel free to contact me with any concerns they have. Despite the nature of this post, I think everyone is mostly getting along fine and the whole community is humming along mostly in a positive direction. Argue forcefully but let’s keep things civil. That doesn’t mean you have to be nice. You can make a cutting argument but do it with some style.