New comment policy

Previously, we didn’t really have a comment policy.  Now that the blog is two months old, we made one.  For future reference, the policy appears on the “about” page.

Additionally, we’re now allowing 5 layers of replies, instead of 3.

Comment Policy

Blog comments can be fun and enlightening, but there are some things we can’t allow:

1. Do not threaten violence, not even in jest.  Do not reveal people’s identities.
2. Do not insult people gratuitously.  For example, you cannot make a comment whose purpose is to call someone else a jerk.  You cannot use slurs against other people (though you may use the slurs to talk about the slurs).
3. Do not use identities in a misleading way.  More specifically, do not pose as multiple people (“sockpuppeting”).  Do not change your user name unless it is clear that you have done so (“morphing”).  Do not impersonate other people.
4. No blatant ace-hate or other kinds of aggressive ignorance.  We’re not really interested in giving people remedial lessons on asexuality.
5. No trolling, which we define as attempting to instigate flame wars.
6. When a moderator asks people to stop responding to a thread, please respect this.

The moderators have the right to interpret these rules however they wish, and to punish other bad behavior not explicitly included in the rules.  However, we will allow for mistakes and missteps.  If you make a minor violation, moderators will publicly inform you of this by inserting a warning directly into your comment.  Repeated or serious violations will lead to punishments:

1. Freezing threads.  The violator will not be allowed to comment on the post, and moderators will ask everyone else to stop responding to the violator.
2. Temporary banning.  The violator will not be allowed to comment for one month.
3. Banning.  The violator will not be allowed to comment on the blog.

Please note that if your comment does not appear immediately, it does not necessarily mean you did anything wrong.  Usually that just means that it got stuck in the spam filter.

About Siggy

Siggy is a physics grad student in the U.S. He is gay gray-A, and makes amateur attempts at asexual activism. His interests include godlessness, scientific skepticism, and math. While not working or blogging, he plays video and board games with his boyfriend, and folds colored squares.
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6 Responses to New comment policy

  1. nextstepcake says:

    Question: when warns are inserted into a comment, does it notify the poster in any way? I.e. if I said something problematic in a thread and left, and then later a warning was added, would there be any way for me to know without happening to reread that post?

    Moderation test: Did you get any notification for this insertion? –Siggy

    • Siggy says:

      I’m not sure if it does. I just inserted a note into your comment, did you get a notification for that? I suspect that people with wordpress accounts, at least, would get notifications.

      • nextstepcake says:

        Huh. I actually did not get any notification (just found this when checking comments manually). If I go specifically to the notifications section of the wordpress dash, it shows that you have replied to my comment, but it doesn’t tell me anything about edits. No emails or anything either.

  2. Lara Landis says:

    Does that mean I’m not allowed to reveal my own identity?

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