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Currently, comments are lightly moderated. I do have a few stipulations:
1. Racism, misognyny, homophobia, transphobia, and personal threats will result in instant banning, no exceptions. If you wish clarification on any of these points, ask me.
2. I request that your comment add something beyond name-calling; if that’s all you’re here to do, you will be warned a few times, then banned.
3. If you cite a study, please link to it. Please only cite things that you’ve actually read (beyond the abstract).
As you can see from the comments section of several posts here, I don’t prevent people from expressing disagreement, either with myself or with other commenters. If you don’t see your comment immediately, it does not mean I’ve suppressed it (unless it violates the guidelines above). Your comment may be in my spam queue (particularly if you try to post multiple links). I try to go through spam comments every few days, so please don’t repeatedly post the same comment. My activity within the comments section is highly variable depending on my workload, so please don’t be offended if I don’t respond personally to your comments. I typically will write comments a day or two following a new post, but after that I prefer to let you have your own say, and talk to each other without my interference or response. I do read every comment that gets posted, and I greatly appreciate everyone’s participation.
These policies are subject to change. If you have any questions, please contact me using the email link above