Dangerous Intersection: Comments Policy, Email Policy and other Notices

November 30, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More

I’m still relatively new at administering a blog, but it has now become clear that we need to give our readers notice as to what will and won’t fly regarding comments.  

The starting point is that we love comments.  Without them, our posts lack life.  Therefore, if you are tempted to comment, please do send it to us.  You can do so anonymously (readers won’t see who you are).   I rarely use the email address you provide in order to comment, though I occasionally write a note to a potential commenter asking for a clarification or thanking him or her for an especially good comment).

As of late, a few commenters have used their comments to pull the conversation way off-topic. I fear that allowing this to happen is annoying those who want to stay on-topic. There have been a few other problems, as well.  Rather than rejecting these problems on an ad hoc basis, I thought it would be more fair to publish some guidelines as to what “works” as a comment.   I added a few other housekeeping items in this list as well.

To reiterate the bottom line, please do send us comments.  We really enjoy hearing for you.  We want to know what posts “work” and where we need to improve.  We get more than 1,000 unique visitors each day now, and we’d enjoy knowing who you are and what you are thinking.

Without further ado, here is our new Comments (etc) Policy (I’ve also posted this file also in our “About Page”):

Comments

We welcome comments, especially those that disagree with our posts and those that point out perceived errors.  Please send us your comments, as long as they are relevant to the post, informative and polite.

We consider all comments you send us to be intended for publication with attribution.

We reserve the right to edit your submitted comments for content, clarity, and length.

We will reject or edit comments to the extent that they contain the following:

  • Potentially libelous comments.
  • Obscene or racist comments.
  • Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language.
  • Plagiarized material or copyright violations.
  • Private, personal information published without consent.
  • Comments totally unrelated to the topic of the post.
  • Promotions or spam.
  • Comments that attempt to change the topic of the post to an unrelated topic.
  • Repeated comments by the same author making the same point.
  • Name-calling, personal attacks or racist taunting.
  • Hyperlinks to material that is not related to the discussion.

Don’t send us comments that consist of lengthy writings you’ve pasted in from elsewhere, including news articles.  Doing this could constitute a copyright violation.  Instead, you should link to that information.

Anonymous posters should consistently identify themselves with the same name, so that readers know that all such comments are coming from a single individual.

Email

All emails received by this site (or by the individual authors) are considered intended for publication with attribution unless otherwise requested in the initial email from the writer.

Other Notices and Disclaimers

In case there is any doubt, we would be honored to have you link to our posts.  No need to ask permission.  We would prefer that you not copy entire posts, but that you limit your copying to excerpts (especially on our longer posts).   Just make sure you give our writers credit!

The content contained in each of the posts on this site is exclusively attributable to the individual author and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of any of the other authors.

Dangerous Intersection is not responsible for, and often disagrees with, material posted in the comments section. Because this is an oftentimes vigorously paced opinion site we make no claim that we are able to fact-check each claim made by each comment.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. As a newcomer to DI.org, I would like to respond to the rules post.

    The rules seem fair enough.

    If however, we readers have a topic of interest which we would like to discuss or share, how do you suggest we introduce the new topic without breaking the current "thread"…perhaps a "suggested topics" bulletin board…or a suggestion box etc. You are the boss though *kneels*.

    -S

  2. BG says:

    An article in today's USA Today is about the newly elected *muslim* congressman. It was all fine and dandy, until DENNIS PRAGER and the religious right insist that he (Ellison) should be sworn in with the Bible. Of course this is ridiculous because Ellison is a muslim and does not believe in the Bible, and therefore will take his oath to the Quran/Koran. In fact, the constitution explicitly provides for freedom of religion. Unbeknownst to Prager, a Mormon has previously been sworn in under the Book of Mormon, nullifying Prager's best argument that "America was founded under the bible" and that "it would undermine American culture".

    -S

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