I moderate comments on this blog in the hopes of keeping the discussion topical and civil. Here are the guidelines I use:
Add something to the discussion. I really appreciate comments like “this blog is so wonderful and you should post more,” but a) they are often annoying for other people to read, and b) they too closely mirror the comments left here by bots and spammers. Each post is an implicit invitation to a discussion on the topic, and since I’m off Facebook now, this is the place for that discussion.
Be yourself. I make little effort to hide my own identity, and there is a good reason for that. I was raised by two quite intelligent and often opinionated people who drilled into me the belief that if anything is worth writing, it is worth signing your name to.
As such, you will forgive me if I have little patience and less tolerance for people who see fit to make comments on this blog (or about this blog via email) using pseudonyms or under some other veil of anonymity. I write this stuff under my own name – I only ask that you return the courtesy.
If you REALLY want to say something yet have a REALLY good reason not to publicly identify yourself, send me an email (under your real name) to siliconhutong (at) mac.com and we’ll work something out.
Leave the ad hominem at home. Any comment that includes a personal attack will be deleted. Ad hominem remarks take away from meaningful discussion, they don’t add to it, so they have no place here. Please – if you are going to take the time to comment (and under your own name, see above), show us your best and take on the argument instead of listing all of my personal faults.
If you have an objection to the above, please feel free to reach out to me.