Apr 232011

It seems a link to our Comment Policy has gone missing from the header of this blog, so I would just like to take this opportunity to refresh everyone’s memories about the role of civility and hospitality here at Pagan+Politics.

Pagan+Politics welcomes your feedback, insight, and commentary. Because this site wants to foster an atmosphere that is welcoming to everyone, please take note of our comment policy.

1. Please keep discussions civil. A civil discussion is free of personal attacks, rudeness, and aggressive behaviors that lead to conflict. We realize that you are human, so minor and isolated incidents of incivility will generally be tolerated so long as a pattern of incivility does not emerge.

2. Debate the idea(s), not the person. As noted above, personal attacks aren’t welcome. Avoid insulting “cute” nicknames for political parties and famous personages that get thrown around the rest of the political blogosphere.

3. Comments that are libelous, defamatory, pornographic, harassing, threatening, or hateful (racially, ethnically, or religiously) will be deleted without debate.

4. A pattern of incivility, hostility and harassment towards the writers or other readers, or unwillingness to respect the rules laid out here, will result in a permanent ban from this site.

5. Unless specifically called for, do not post advertisements for your business/school/site/etsy shop in the comments.

This site is our “hall”, and we expect guests to Pagan+Politics to abide by the concept of hospitality. A sacred concept found throughout the ancient pagan world. Spirited discourse, debate, and even vehement disagreement, is fine, but as guests enjoying your stay here, we ask you to remember that hospitality is reciprocal. In return for us assuming your good intentions, and providing a sounding-board on important issues, we ask for to you abide by our guidelines.

Some readers have expressed anger or confusion about what constitutes incivility versus criticism. So I thought I would help the conversation by listing a few examples:

Examples of Criticism:

  • “Your point about x isn’t supported by your arguments y and z. Argument y actually suggests something closer to a, especially when considered in light of evidence b and c.”
  • “In my experience, your point x looks good in theory, but in practice I’ve noticed a, b and c tend to lead to unintended consequences.”
  • “If you support position x, what is your opinion of ideas y and z? Don’t x, y and z all come from a similar harmful perspective w?”

Examples of Incivility:

  • “This post is stupid and you are stupid for having written it.”
  • “Other Reader X is obviously an idiot with no grasp of politics or reality.”
  • “If you don’t allow me to graffiti the comment threads with however much incivility or hostility I want, then you are a coward and a hypocrite.”

Comments that fall into the above category of incivility (or which begin with this type of incivility as a preface for a legitimate criticism) will be removed from the comment thread.

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