I want this to be a forum for honest discussion, and welcome all comments to that end. Please respect basic norms of civility and respect. Disagreement is welcome, but I will delete comments that I deem malicious or slanderous. Please feel free to provide links to relevant articles and sites if they relate to the discussion, but avoid just a bunch of links. WordPress’s spam settings are not always 100% reliable—if your comment does not appear, drop me an email and I’ll try to fix the problem.
On a technical level, it’s most helpful if you reply directly to the specific comment that you are addressing (comments can be nested up to three deep). Just click on “Reply” at the bottom of the comment you are responding to and it will show up as a response to that specific comment. On long comment threads, this makes it easier to track the conversation than if each new comment just appears at the bottom of the thread.
To sum up: follow the golden rule and I will try to do the same. Sometimes it can be easy to forget that there are real human beings behind words on a screen—especially if we find those words threatening or they make us angry. Blog commenting can quite easily degenerate into hurling insults at one other in an accountability-free vacuum.
But not here, right?