Commenting Policy

“Conservative or Liberal, Atheist or Active Church Member, Christian or Muslim, there is infinitely more that binds us together than separates us.”   – Editor Emeritus R. Tod Kelly

From its earliest days, Ordinary Times has been dedicated to the principle that civil discourse is still possible. We have fiercely protected that ideal, stumbling at times, yet always striving to maintain one small corner of the Internet where regular people can exchange ideas freely. To put it plainly: We believe that intelligent conversations are more likely to occur in an environment where people can disagree but are also still encouraged to respect one another.

We are proud of our community, and like all good communities, we are welcoming to new visitors. Whether you have been with us for years or just found us today, know that you are welcome to speak openly, without fear of harassment or personal attack. We ask, in return, that you observe a few simple norms.

  • No threats or personal attacks, especially on other members of the community.
  • No use of racial epithets and similar phrases, unless they appear within a quote or are relevant to the subject matter.
  • No comments that are off-topic from the original post or a comment within the thread.

If you believe a comment violates this policy, please contact an editor. Include the date, time, and thread, and preferably a link to the comment, in your communication.

How We Manage Comments

We reserve the right to redact problem comments at any time. When this happens, we will generally mention it in the thread. If you had a comment deleted and want more information, please contact the editors.

Blatant spam will be deleted, generally without comment.

We do not prohibit the use of proxies or anonymizing services for comments, however, the site does use spam filters and these spam filters sometimes discriminate against the IP addresses utilized by these services. If your comment is not showing up at all, this is the likely reason. Newer members of our community may find that comments with links embedded will require some editorial assistance because of the anti-spam devices used behind the scenes.

In Conclusion

Managing a robust commenting community is a challenging task and that sometimes requires making tough decisions about when to step in. Our preference is to err on the side of editorial caution. We give our commenters plenty of room to explore their positions and whenever possible we will allow a conversation to progress, even when both sides strongly disagree. Our best advice is to always assume good intentions from the other side and when necessary, take a deep breath before reason and respect begin to suffer.

It is our sincere hope that within our community you will find more common ground than reasons to disagree – and that when you do disagree, you will strive to do so productively and with an eye towards achieving understanding.

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