Comments Policy

Comments Policy
Readers are most welcome to comment and debate. Civil disagreement and interchange is thoroughly encouraged. However, please keep discussion just that, civilised.

Moderation
Our blog, our discretion. No public discussion will be entered into regarding moderation decisions. If readers or commenters have queries about this policy, they may email the site or its contributors.

Guidelines
Certain commenting behaviours are considered unacceptable (see below) and such comments are liable to be manually moderated (the automoderator, part of our spam defence, has a mind of its own). While we realise that anyone can slip into an ill-judged remark at times, repeated unacceptable comments will be regarded as a form of trolling and summarily deleted. Repeat offenders may have their IP address placed in moderation or be IP-banned from the site. Individual thread authors have a wide discretion on the interpretation of these guidelines.

Basic etiquette
Please try to stay reasonably germane to the topic [although we recognise the anarchic nature of many comments threads].

Please provide a genuine email address should we wish to get in touch regarding any aspect of this policy.

Pseudonyms are welcome so long as a good-faith attempt at maintaining consistency of identity is made (more below).

Unacceptable
Any comment judged unacceptable may be deleted at the discretion of moderators. Unacceptable comments include but may not be limited to:

Harassing, derogatory and purely abusive comments.

Excessively frequent comments, where the effect of such comments is to discourage the participation of others or turn a debate around into one about themselves.

Consistently repeated and aggressively stated opinions which fail to engage with others is regarded as a form of trolling.

Legal note
The opinions expressed in comments threads are entirely the responsibility of the various contributors. While we will do everything within reason to ensure that they are not defamatory, we accept no liability for them or the content of links included in them.