“Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you’re a mile away, and you have his shoes.”
Comment sections too often devolve into flame wars, personal attacks and anonymous voices attempting to shout over each other. I keep a tight reign on discussion.
I don’t want to censor. The ability to listen to opposing viewpoints and contrary ideas is essential to proper discourse. But if those viewpoints are not properly expressed in complete thoughts and attributed to someone who is at least partially stripped of anonymity, then the commenter loses the ability to filter his own thoughts.
A commenter that is freed of all societal rebuke is probably too free a commenter.
Consequently, I reserve the right to be both arbitrary and capricious in my editing and deleting of comments. Rarely will I do so simply because I disagree with you. Personal friends and regular commenters may be given more leeway. Or not. I will act as necessary to ensure that the Newburglar is mostly filled with civil, rational and somewhat intelligent discourse.
The Newsburglar is not a public space. I reserve the right to delete and edit comments that do not meet the guidelines set forth herein. By submitting a comment, you grant me a nonexclusive right to post it and at my sole discretion to edit it for spelling, grammar, relevancy and brevity.
Comments are welcomed, within the following guidelines.
- Civil: No obscenity. No personal attacks. No whining and crying just because someone disagrees with you.
- Topical: Usually, I will allow a comment thread to twist and wind its way to wherever it goes. Don’t be surprised however if a week or a month or a year later I go back and delete comments in order to provide structure between post and comments so that someone that reads it long after the thread has died is provided an interesting, relevant article. I may close particular comment threads or discontinue my general policy of allowing comments at any time.
If you feel that my editing changes the meaning of your comment, please send an email (address below) and it will be removed. I may or may not contact you if your comment is edited or not published. Please accept our apologies in advance.
The hammer of justice will be swift and mercilous. Those who violate these policies will be subjected to a wide variety of penalties, including but not limited to a good taunting.
You’re my guest. Act like it.
You’re an adult. Act like it.
You’re intelligent. Act like it.
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