A comment on comments
In light of some of the recent comment-flurry, I thought I'd say a few things about commenting on this blog.
1. I'm reluctant to pull comments. I beleive in openness and freedom of expression, and if you have something critical to say, then I'm grateful that you take the time to say it. We all have something to learn from our critics [it helps if they are at least trying to be constructive]. I have pulled a couple of comments in recent months, but that was because they were verging on racist in their tone. If you are really mean to someone, or bang out of order (e.g. racist), then I'll pull your comment.
2. I'm continuing to allow anonymous comments, because sometimes people who want to say something critical will be put off if they have to use their real names. But I'd much rather people used their names to leave comments, even if this requires a bit of courage.
3. I really value your comments, so please keep them coming. The days of vertical communication by 'experts' to their readers are dead; the new model is a horizontal one, where we all talk to each other.
4. Please 'play nice'. There are different ways of saying the same thing. By all means let's engage in banter and be as edgy as we want, but let's be gracious and kind at the same time. Sorry if this sounds preachy, but kindness is important.
5. I don't mind people linking to (relevant) articles on their own blogs or other websites, because that can be useful for other readers. That's fine. It's best to do this openly. Blatant spam, of course, will get zapped.