We hope our posts spark conversation.  We encourage a dialogue.  Other people have valuable contributions.  We do not have all the solutions and may not see all the solutions. So we encourage our readers to respond to our posts and each other.  Comments allow further exploration and evaluation of the ideas in our posts.  We welcome discussion and the free exchange of ideas, be they supportive, dissenting, or critical.

However, while we encourage constructive comments, we reserve the right to moderate posted comments. In short: Don’t spam us, don’t abuse people, and don’t advocate doing criminal stuff, but do be constructive, do respond to the topic, and do post your ideas.  We may delete comments that contain:

  • Abusive or offensive content, including ad hominem attacks;
  • Off-topic material;
  • Obscene language;
  • Does not use a legitimate email address;
  • Direct references to or advocacy of illegal activity;
  • Potentially illegal material;
  • Plagiarised content;
  • Links to illegal, offensive, or obscene material; and/or
  • Spam, advertising, or marketing of any kind.

Where a comment contains some constructive material and some unacceptable material, we may edit it.  Flagrant and repeated breaches of this policy may result in banning.

If you wish us to link to your website, promote your event, or assist your organisation, please email us, rather than using the comment feature.  We aim to assist others with similar goals, but don’t want to discourage discussion of our posts with off-topic material.  Likewise, if you think that we aren’t covering a topic that we should address, please email us.  We are happy to discuss new article ideas and new commentators – guest or permanent.

We do not pre-moderate or approve comments.  We do, however, filter all comments through a spam-filtering system; The spam-filtering technology isn’t perfect, so sometimes it can label legitimate  comments as spam.  If your comment doesn’t show up at first, it may be have been wrongly flagged as spam.  Don’t worry though, as we regularly check the spam filter, delete the spam, and approve any false positives caught in it.  You must include a real email address to comment.  That is to prevent spam and trolling.  Again, do not worry: We will keep it entirely confidential, will not add it to any kind of database, and will not spam you.

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