Comment policy

UPDATE:  Due a barrage of incoming “trackback” spam I have enabled moderation for comments from first time authors.    This allows me to mark them as spam before they get added to my ‘recent comments’ list.  If the number of them decreases (now a few a day are coming in for moderation, which I instantly mark as spam) I’ll go back to completely unmoderated.

I welcome all comments, and generally allow unmoderated commentary.   Mean spirited comments with no value may be deleted.   Trolls — mean spirited commentary from people who do not give their proper e-mail address and name — will be deleted immediately.   Anonymous comments that are meant to contribute to the discussion are allowed.

I’ve also run into a problem with long, repetitive comments that stifle real discussion.  Repetitive or overly long diatribes will be deleted, and the author put into a moderation list.  Please try to keep comments relatively brief and to the point.  Ideological rants that add nothing new may also be deleted.

I do have a good spam filter (thanks, WordPress!), but will also delete comments that seem focused solely on solicitation.

  1. #1 by Ron C. de Weijze on May 29, 2008 - 10:49

    You have an unusually high output for a blogger, indicating you are at the top of your game. I hope you will not identify too much with your targets, such as recently spiritual dehydration or material saturation, which would undoubtedly slow you down one way or get you in reverse. More liberal and democratic than I am now, but less than I was 20 years ago or so when I was a student, your views are most interesting and crave for comments, double checks or further research.

  2. #2 by Mike Lovell on September 11, 2009 - 18:59

    “I do have a good spam filter (thanks, WordPress!), but will also delete comments that seem focused solely on solicitation.”

    But if you order now, you’ll not only get all these amazing products, but we’ll double your order!!!

  3. #3 by Pat on October 9, 2012 - 07:03

    Many of these articles and polls need to be analyzed in the form of the insider vs outsider mentality which forms the basis of their outcome, or in other words, benefits vs burdens mentality which drives the debate over who pays and who is being paid – and why.

    Americans never really graduated from high school politics in that sort of black and white world where value added is viewed in a manner inside of those parameters. More inclusive tend to be popular unless less inclusive providers greater security for those isolated with the groups.

    Social networking, in that case, provides less global benefit than no social networking since it is done for insider advantage. Beauty and benefit are always in the eye of the beholder.

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