My policy is modelled after the Policy used by Anthony Watts in his blog “Watts Up With That?”  http://wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/

Welcome to my blog, which emphasizes The Myth of Global Warming, but I may do some postings on other topics, such as mistakes that scientists make in other fields.  Whether this blog reaches even a small fraction of the visits Mr. Watts gets (300k per month),  I have “a few rules that I will enforce to keep the dialog respectful and, hopefully, stimulating:

1.     I will moderate the postings and comments as I can, but on occasion there may be delays of a few hours.  I have a full-time job and some family obligations.

2.     I will not permit vulgarities of any kind, nor links to sites that promote such.

3.     Respect is given to those with manners, those without manners that insult others or begin starting flame wars may find their posts deleted.  Postings and comments will be limited to discussions of the science involved.  Personal attacks will not be allowed.

4.     Some off topic posts may get deleted, don’t take it personally, it happens.

5.     A spam filter is employed; some posts may disappear into it based on words, phrases, and/or links.  If you feel you have been accidentally blocked, try posting a single one or two sentence comment to alert me and I’ll see if I can recover it for you.

6.     Trolls, flame-bait, personal attacks, and other detritus that add nothing to further the discussion may get deleted, take that personally if you wish, but all deletions are final.  Grousing about it won’t help since deleted posts can’t be recovered.  Rather than trying to edit, bulk moderation may be employed to save time.

7.     I have several projects I work on plus a business to run, if moderation takes too much time and becomes redundant, I may opt to remove posts and/or shut down a thread.

8.     Internet phantoms who have cryptic handles, no name, and no real email address get no respect here.  If you think your opinion or idea is important, elevate your status by being open and honest.

9.     You are responsible for your own words.

10.    People that use their real name get more respect than phantoms with handles.

11.    I reserve the right to modify the policy as needed, including on an event basis.”

  Doug Chatham


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