There are guidelines I follow to ensure that the comments in the blog create the kind of open, intelligent, respectful, critical thinking community that the blog exists to serve. If you do not keep with these, then your comment will not make the cut. I want as many of your comments to get shared as possible, your contribution is important and valued, so please do your bit to make that possible.
1. Play the Ball, Not the Wo/Man
Be as vigorous and sweary as you like in tackling my posts or the comments of other readers, but never make it personal.
2. Back up your opinions
Often people comment simply to say ‘this is bollocks’ or present stats without sources. These comments will not be accepted. If you have an opposing idea, then it is welcome, but it must be backed up. If you can’t prove it, don’t say it.
3. Don’t be a bigot
Comments which are racist, homophobic, ableist, transphobic, sexist or otherwise bigoted are not welcome here. I have a personal distaste for the word c*nt, and am likely to trash comments with that word in it.
That’s it. Not too taxing and intended to support a great place for proper debate of ideas.