- First and foremost, this is my site. Period. I run it for your edification, information, and enjoyment. I reserve the right to preserve those qualities aggressively by any means necessary. That means deletion of comments and, if necessary, banning of users.
- I believe that your edification, information, and enjoyment are maximized by allowing open and frank discussions unencumbered by ties to your real identities. (If you need evidence for this, check out the comparative level of engagement here with that on the various GovLoop PMF resources; nothing against GovLoop, of course, but adding someone's real identity tends to hamper some kinds of communication).
- To date, I have pursued this belief by maintaining a purely anonymous comments system. I understand that there will always be trolls. They are inevitable, even with more robust identity solutions. The problems I encountered, however, were exacerbated by the inability to deal with each commenter as an individual.
- I am changing my policy for this PMF season to be pseudonymous rather than purely anonymous. That means you will have to register some account. I don't care whether you want to use your real name or not. That is your choice. What I care about is my own ability to maintain the greatest level of edification, information, and enjoyment possible in this format.
- From you, I expect civility. Joking, snark, sarcasm, criticism, complaints, bellyaching, and the like are all allowed. But I expect that you do not harass one another or make abusive comments about individuals involved in this process. Racist and/or sexist remarks will likewise not be tolerated here, and I reserve the right to remove any comments that fail to meet the standards here. Or for any reason, really. Additionally, I will ban repeat offenders.
So I think that sums up the what, how, and why of my approach to comments. Feel free to express your opinions about this policy here, whether they are positive or negative.
Finally, should you have any concerns about any of this and don't want to air them publicly, you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Yeah, that's me putting a real email address on a webpage.