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: 2013-12-24.

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. Due to an increasing influx of anti-psychiatry cranks, race trolls and creationists and because I find myself having less and less time to attend to comments, I have turned on the “comment author must have a previously approved comment” setting. If you already have approved comments on this website, nothing changes. However, if you are new, the first comment you post requires manual approval (then you can post comments without ending up in the moderation queue). Hopefully, this will stifle the denialist cranks, but not honest conversations.

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. Severe cases may be treated as a bannable offense.

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). Severe cases may be treated as a bannable offense.

5. Any kind of group discrimination, including but not limited to, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, misogyny, ableism, ageism etc. is unacceptable. Severe cases may be treated as a bannable offense.

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

7. 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. This is a bannable offense.

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

9. 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:

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”.

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