New policy on comments

As you may have noticed, we have a new Comments policy in effect here at ER. (And if you haven’t noticed, you might want to hold down the Shift key and click your browser’s “Reload” button.) Basically, I’ve decided to improve the signal-to-noise ratio in the comments by moving the trollish stuff to a “Troll” Watch forum over at the ER Discussion Forums. I think I’ve been patient and indulgent long enough, and if I have to turn on comment moderation and filter out the personal issues, I’ll be glad to oblige.

Note that this policy applies to all commenters, no exceptions. We will discuss facts and issues here, and we’ll discuss personalities, insinuations, recriminations, and other diversionary tactics on the forums.

Yours for a more static-free connection to the truth.


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7 Responses to “New policy on comments”

  1. cl Says:

    Slowly but surely, people are beginning to consider my points…

  2. Deacon Duncan Says:

    And in accordance with the comments policy, anyone who considers cl’s points and thinks they have any merit at all is certainly welcome to comment here and share whatever substantive point it is they think cl is making. Trivial slanders, insinuations, and other ad hominem attacks will probably be bumped to the forums, of course, but substantive points are always welcome.

  3. ThatOtherGuy Says:

    I think your main problem, cl, is one with wordiness. By the time someone finishes reading your essays, the amount of information they’ve been able to glean is so small in relation to the sheer magnitude of what was read that it feels like you’re a master politician: saying a lot while saying nothing at all.

    I’ll be the first to confess, when I see a wall of text typed out by you that takes me a few seconds at full scroll speed to get past, the last thing on my mind is reading it. You have a real issue with wordiness and paring down your messages.

  4. cl Says:

    Another response here, and I’ll take wordiness over factual errors any day!

  5. Deacon Duncan Says:

    Me too. Too bad it’s not an either/or proposition. 😉

  6. ThatOtherGuy Says:

    You can be factually correct without being wordy. Everyone else here seems to know that.

  7. cl Says:

    Moved to the forums.