The comments policy on this blog is fairly self-explanatory:
1.) No spam. Obviously.
2.) No trolling. Please don’t pick fights with people just for the fun of it.
3.) No name-calling. If you’re about to post a comment that might be interpreted as name-calling, don’t post it.
4.) Avoid excessive profanity. I won’t ban your IP address because of an errant four-letter word, but let’s try to keep things family-friendly.
5.) Avoid openly hostile comments. It’s easy to get defensive on blogs like this, as they involve a lot of debate. But let’s keep the hard-core anger to a minimum.
6.) Stay on topic. A little bit of topic drift is going to happen. But don’t let a conversation about Boston accents turn into a conversation about the Boston Red Sox.
7.) Avoid extremely mean-spirited intellectual snobbery. This is a blog, not a dissertation committee. Feel free to correct people if they’re wrong (including me!), but let’s not belittle people’s intelligence.