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- Civil, as in “a civil voice”.
- Legal — Please avoid libel, copyright, and classification issues. No advocacy of illegal acts.
- Topical — Related to the post under discussion. Please stay within this blog’s subject: geopolitics.
- Brief — Limit yourself to 200 – 250 words. This set of guidelines is 350 words long.
No advertising or commercial material!
Editing comments takes too much time. Any over 250 words can be truncated or moved. Posts that violate the other three guidelines will be deleted (don’t take it personally).
To limit spam, comments must have an email address. This is not posted with your comment; we will keep it private except under government coercion.
The Wordpress spam filter eats posts based on words, phrases, links — and sometimes for mysterious reasons. If you believe your comment has been accidentally blocked, post a one or two sentence comment about it.
Background about the comment policy
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Unfortunately, as with a letter to the editor at most newspapers, it may not be possible to notify you if your comment is edited or not published. If this happens, please accept our apologies in advance.
We attempt to warn those who violate this policy by notes in the comments and emails, but we might be too busy or unable to do so. Those who violate this policy several times will have future comments moderated: not appearing until reviewed and approved. Repeat offenders will have future comments automatically filtered out by the Wordpress machinery.
For more about Internet discussions
I recommend reading “Web etiquette: Top 10 dos & don’ts“, PC Adviser, 2 June 2007.
Please share your comments on this policy by emailing me at fabmaximus at hotmail dot com (note the spam-protected spelling).