The first time someone comments, it’s held for my approval. After that, the person can comment freely.

Nonetheless, any comment containing more than one link is automatically held for approval (because this resembles features of comment spam). So if you post a comment and it doesn’t immediately appear, this may be why.

In this context approval means I see no reason the comment shouldn’t be posted. It does not necessarily mean I agree with it or endorse it myself.

I reserve the right to delete abusive comments or close commenting on a post if the tone becomes nasty. Personal attacks on me or on other commenters are also not welcome. Do not attempt to use this blog as a soapbox for your idée fixe.

Fundamentally, I want comments to answer questions that have arisen, or add clarifications or interest in some other form. Disagreeing civilly is welcome. Trolling – posting to provoke – is basically boring, and can get you banned.

I keep a pretty close eye on the comments. If you make a comment in the wrong thread, please repaste it to the correct one, and I’ll notice and delete the mistaken one.

I do fix typos and formatting in comments, up to a point.

Je suis contente de voir qu’il y a quelques gens qui participent ici en français et j’aimerais souligner que c’est aussi bienvenu que l’anglais.


June 2017: A participant wanted two of their own comments removed retrospectively from a discussion thread. Removing the comments would have made nonsense of the thread, where several people had replied to points the participant had made.

I ended up anonymizing the person’s contributions to the thread instead. Later I edited the thread to remove some side remarks not relevant to the main topic.

This was a one-off. In general, assume anything you post here is written for all time. I’ll gladly fix inconsequential typos, though.

 

January 2017: If your comment runs to more than a sentence or two, best to compose on your side and save the file, then paste the text into the comments box.

 

July 2014: Could I ask people not to sign their posts with common first names only? I have regular commenters called John, Jack, Ian and Chris, but other people have also signed comments with those names and it can be confusing. Please, if you’re new, at least give yourself an additional initial – be John P. or John S. – or invent a name to use on this blog, it doesn’t have to be a real one. Thanks.