THINGS THAT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED
- Discriminatory attacks/discriminatory language
- Derailing (attempting to make the conversation about anything else, for example in a post about racism and poverty, a derail would be someone saying ‘but what about all the poor whites?’)
- Personal attacks on another contributor or on me – arguing against a viewpoint is fine, making a personal attack is not
I do not object to swearing – a quick trawl through my posts will turn up an example. However, the type of swearing is important – if you are swearing as an attack, or if you use a word that is discriminatory, your comment will probably not be approved. I keep tabs on the comments published, even though I don’t moderate every single one, so I will probably catch inappropriate/offensive comments fairly soon – however, if I don’t, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I feel a comment is inappropriate, I will delete it. You are perfectly at liberty to ask why it was not published, but I give no guarantees for my answer. I would appreciate it if you would use trigger warnings when discussing something sensitive – I know what it’s like to be triggered, and I wouldn’t wish that on any reader.
I welcome all points of view, and encourage discussion. As long as a comment doesn’t violate other terms of this policy, it will normally be approved. However, there may be some occasions when I either do not publish immediately, or do not publish at all. I stress; this is my blog, and me deciding against publishing views that may be harmful or inappropriate is not censorship – you are still perfectly at liberty to go off and start your own blog to complain about me.
If you find that I have said something offensive or thoughtlessly privileged (or otherwise inappropriate), by all means call me on it. I hope that mostly I am acceptable, but I realise that I cannot know what others’ lives and oppressions are like. This does not absolve me from blame, if I say something inappropriate. You are entirely within your rights to hold me accountable.
Comments are mainly for discussion of issues in articles; if you wish to get in touch with me for whatever reason, my email is scattered all over the site.
Really and truly, the policy is simple – behave like a decent human being, and please don’t expect a biscuit for doing so.