Abandon All Fear

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Policies: Commenting

Subject to amendments, here is the current policy on comments:

  • Baited comments that include lines such as “And no WAY will you let this one through – it makes you look bad!”, “Dish it out, but you can’t take it…” or in anyway reference ‘free speech’, will be treated as a bare-faced attempt to get the comment published. They will be rejected without a second thought. The aim of this is to encourage critics to actually present a good, reasoned argument.
  • Comments that simply link to some article without one word from the author have the appearance of comment spam. Comment spam will be rejected.
  • If you run out of good counter arguments, admit it rather than resorting to insults. If this happens your comments may be rejected.
  • Criticism is welcomed, but must stay in context. Criticism of my post on environMENTALISM should stay in the remit of environMENTALISM and in the comments of that post. Carrying your bile into the next post on a completely different topic, or turning the argument into a personal attack, will get your comment rejected and unpublished.

Below are some tips on style and form when writing comments:

  • Don’t say something like “I’ll leave you and your titchy traffic site alone. You don’t deserve my time…” then come back the next day to spend half an hour on posting another poison-filled rant, it comes across slightly inconsistent.
  • Saying things along the lines of “If you’re going to trash victims who write about their experiences, then what about fair comment on Christians who advertise their piety?” only elevates your troll-like status, since it shows you’ve not taken the time to actually read the blog.
  • Don’t expect to offer criticism without my own or someone else’s rebuttal, then get all pissy about it.
  • Do, reveal your identity (or at least online identity) if you expect to be taken seriously.
  • If you post a reasonable comment and it didn’t get accepted right away, it is because I am away from my computer sometimes for long periods of time. Not because I am trying to shutdown dissenters.
  • If you disagree on a point of theology, or political opinion then offer your interpretation, knowledge or source, don’t just declare your credentials and expect everyone to be wowed to silence. Penis size means nothing if you don’t know what to do with it.
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