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Comments Policy


Before you comment, imagine the following. You are seated in a comfortable chair at a table with all of the other commentators. You have gathered to discuss an issue of mutual concern, and you are aiming to learn something from the conversation. Take off your shoes if you’d like. Wriggle your toes. Appreciate the wonders of everyday life in the twenty-first century. On the table in front of you is your favorite beverage. Through the window is your favorite view. And seated next to you is a child, who you brought with you for a lesson on how to discuss controversial issues with strangers. Are you imagining all of that? Okay, now you may be in the right mindset to comment.

But please read the rest of this before you do.

Daily Nous is an online space for philosophers, academics, students, and other interested parties to discuss news and issues related to philosophy and the philosophy profession. People disagree about these things, and the discussions can get heated at times. Those participating should be able to distinguish between criticisms of ideas and arguments, on the one hand, and personally insulting rhetoric, on the other. Sometimes the latter can be disguised in the words used for the former, so please choose your words carefully. If you’re making a criticism, please do it kindly. And if your ideas and arguments are on the receiving end of criticism, please don’t take it personally.

More generally, let’s aim for more thoughtfulness and less obnoxiousness. Humor and lightheartedness are welcome. Just don’t act like a jerk.

It is strongly preferred that commenters use their real names (first and last) when commenting. If you choose to use a pseudonym, you must still submit a working email address. Email addresses are not made public. Pseudonyms may not contain the words “anonymous”, “anon”, or the like. Do not switch pseudonyms. Those found sockpuppeting will be banned. (If there are exceptional circumstances which require you to use a temporary handle, email me about it.)

Note that comments may take a while to appear, especially if you are a first-time commenter or haven’t commented in a while, or if the commenting system detects your comment may need moderation. If it has been a few hours and your comment hasn’t been published, feel free to email me about it. It may have been mistakenly routed directly to the spam folder, which I do not regularly check.


Related: “On Moderation“; “Commenting Here: Some Advice“; “A Note On Making Discussions Here Better

 

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Janice Dowell
Janice Dowell
7 years ago

I love your comments policy. I wonder whether it would be more uniformly complied with if you required comments to be signed with the name of their author.Report

justinrweinberg
Reply to  Janice Dowell
7 years ago

Thanks, Janice. Are there particular comments (or a particular thread) you have in mind?Report

Janice Dowell
Janice Dowell
7 years ago

No; it was just a general thought.Report

justinrweinberg
Reply to  Janice Dowell
7 years ago

There are benefits to allowing anonymous comments. Some people have their reasons for not wanting to be identified with the expression of certain views or the revealing of particular facts, and I do not care to discourage such people from commenting here. Of course there are risks when people cannot be held accountable for their remarks, but those are absorbed by me as I am moderating comments. I am pleased to report that so far I’ve been lucky enough not to have to reject any comments for noncompliance with the policy.Report

mMaggie
mMaggie
3 years ago

I honestly don’t think I’ve seen a more tone deaf claim made about our profession.Report

Phil Tanny
Phil Tanny
3 years ago

Quick input: Please kill the top of the page section which moves up and down over the content. That feature seems a major detraction from an otherwise great blog. Thank you.Report

KKai
KKai
3 years ago

Good policyReport

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