I’ve made some tweaks to the comment policy – like all aspects of this blog, it’s a work in progress – and I thought I would share them in a brief post. I’ll make changes in the sidebar, too.
First and foremost, I’ve decided to stop replacing comments with [inflammatory] – instead, they will not be published at all. This is primarily because it will make it possible to archive comments that have been flagged, both for my own records and to allow easy re-posting if I choose to un-flag (is that a word?) a comment. It will also prevent embarrassment on the part of the author (really, who wants to have it announced that they broke the rules?)
That said, don’t jump to conclusions if your comment takes some time to appear. I am a full-time student and, while I make an effort to check comments multiple times a day, it doesn’t always happen.
A lack of appropriate citations in the comment will generally still be noted as before.
Also, here’s a slight reworking of the rules:
Cite your statements appropriately – peer-reviewed sources for scientific claims, primary sources for quotes/current events/etc.
Don’t smear someone’s reputation based on pure speculation. This includes, but is not limited to, climate scientists.
Please refrain from personal attacks on myself or other commenters. Mean comments about how much you hate this comment policy are also kind of pointless.
Thanks for your patience. Input is welcome.