Comment Policy 2.0

The first version of Daylight Atheism's comment policy was posted at the beginning of this blog's existence. I'm happy to say I haven't had to enforce it often. Whether through simple good fortune or whether something about my writing attracts thoughtful commenters, I think the level of discussion here has met a very high standard so far, and naturally I'd like to keep it that way. It's occurred to me that the original policy may have been too vague. Therefore, I'm writing a new one that explicitly enumerates what is not permitted. Most of this, I hope, should be common sense, and regular visitors should have no need to read it all; but just in case it ever becomes necessary, here it is.

Comments and trackbacks that fit one or more of the following descriptions will, at my sole discretion, be edited or deleted. Also at my sole discretion, I reserve the right to ban from this website, temporarily or permanently, people who repeatedly violate these rules. Except in truly egregious cases, I will not ban anyone for a first offense, and when I edit or delete a comment, I will try to contact the commenter to explain my decision where practical.

All the items in this above list can be summed up concisely: Don't be a jerk. The reason I have comments is because I want people to share their views on the topics I write about, and to have a conversation that will enlighten and benefit all participants. So, if you have something to say, either about a post or about another comment, leave your thoughts. Use the comments for the reason they're here and there will be no trouble, and that will make all of us happy.

UPDATE: Also see the revised and expanded comment policy.

September 23, 2007, 4:08 pm • Permalink

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