We know the things that we're posting here will be controversial and they will push buttons that most people don't like pushed. We know that conversations can very quickly degenerate at the smallest perceived slight from either side. So we're stepping in early and creating a comment policy.
In general, Mike and I always choose our words very carefully in order to be as inoffensive as possible while still getting our point across. Our goal is to create dialog about ideas that are not often discussed, not to offend. I'm not saying it won't happen, but it's not the point. We love debate and different points of view, but we're also very firm believers in the value of online civility and respectful conversation.
With that in mind, we reserve the right to delete comments if they strike us as:
- off topic
This doesn't mean, of course, that you can't disagree with us or other commenters - that would defeat the purpose - you just need to do so constructively and with respect.
If you are immediately offended by something here, don't comment right away. Step back, think about what's actually being said, and come back to it. We promise to do the same with our responses.
Please make your own arguments for or against the topic rather than issuing a list of quotations. We're interested in talking to the reader, not in responding to their ability to copy and paste. However we reserve the right to respond in kind if you choose not to take the time to write your own opinions. If you do quote someone that isn't a household name, please provide more than their name for identification.
Hopefully this will help create a constructive and generally friendly atmosphere where everyone feels like they are being heard and not attacked.
Never stop questioning,
PS. Inspired by Offbeat Mama. Thanks Offbeat Mama!