Debunking Denialism

Defending science against the forces of irrationality.

Comment Guidelines

Blogs with an interacting comment section is a great way to facilitate honest and open discussion. However, with this feature comes the possibility of abuse carried out by various miscellaneous trolls and troublemakers.

Last updated: 2015-10-06.

1. Getting a comment published on this blog is a privilege, not a right. I have the ability to delete or decline publication of any comment or removing the privilege of posting comments temporarily or permanently as I see fit. However, I will try to be fair. Following the guidelines outlined in this comment policy will not incur my blog administrator wrath.

2. The Akismet spam filter is currently a bit broke, so it will put a lot of legitimate comments in the spam queue. Due to the ever increasing number of spam comments submitted to this blog (it recently passed 1/2 million in total), comments are automatically closed on posts older than roughly 6 months. The other option was to require registration to post comments, but that was not done because of the possibility that it would reduce reader participation.

If your comment contains two or more links, it will automatically end up in the moderation queue. This is to prevent link spammers.

3. Spam and endless blocks of copy/past texts not related to the topic will routinely be deleted.

4. Excessive verbal abuse and irresponsible character assassination is not acceptable, although some rare and precise insults may be acceptable in the right circumstances (post at own risk).

5. Any kind of group discrimination, including but not limited to, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, misogyny, ableism, ageism etc. is unacceptable.

6. Encouraging other people to harm themselves either directly or by telling them to stop using their medication is unacceptable.

7. Doxing any target is not allowed. For the purpose of this document, doxing means posting sensitive personal information that cannot easily be located on the Internet by “a moron in a hurry”. If you have to do research, use your wits or external tools, it will qualify as doxing under this definition. This section is left purposely vague.

8. Repeating the same old canards over and over again without addressing counterarguments or presenting evidence, being a dishonest troll and repeatedly posting mind-bogglingly stupid stuff is unacceptable.

9. Using another identity and/or IP to avoid a ban is not acceptable and the new identities and IPs will also be banned.

10. These guidelines may be changed at any point at my discretion.

If you have any questions or comments about this comment policy, please use the contact form.

Revision history:

2015-10-06: Added section about doxing.
2014-10-15: Changed automatic closing of comment section due to receiving enormous amount (several hundreds per week) of advertisement spam on really old posts.
2013-05-29: Removed the two-warnings-before-ban section, added a section on the unacceptability of sock-puppets identities.
2013-08-04: Clarified section 8: changes “sock-puppet” to the more accurate “another identity and/or IP”.
2013-08-09: Added “or presenting evidence” to section 7.
2013-12-24: Turned on “comment author must have a previously approved comment”.
2014-10-15: Turned on automatic closing of comment sections after 6 months.


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