Comment Policy


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 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.

  11 Responses to “Comment Policy”

  1. I just posted a comment and saw it was marked with: “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    I don’t recall my prior comments receiving this notification.

    Please expand on your moderation policy:
    - under what conditions is it used (and not used)
    - what is the moderation process
    - what is due process for the person submitting a comment

    P.S. A great start so far – keep it up!

    • It wasn’t held for moderation because of content, it was automatically flagged because of the number of links in it. It’s an anti-spam mechanism that unfortunately grabs legitimate posts from time to time. I’ve approved your post, and you should be able to see it now.

      • Jason –

        Thanks for the clarification. Kind of sad that the better cited posts end up getting flagged but having seen the chaos auto-gened spam has created at other forums I understand.

        Are you perhaps looking to provide user ids and log-ons for frequent commenters so you could bypass that need for your frequent contributors?


        • I’ll look into it, and see what I can arrange. Perhaps I’ll switch to IntenseDebate, which is more feature-rich and allows for a variety of logins.

      • Cool – I got one too, and was wondering who I’d offended and been to stupid to notice! Having a filter mod for spam is way preferable to having it slink it’s way in.

  2. Jason –

    I’m working in Cara’s “Tea for two – or even three – Parties” post, looking most recently at the thread on Comment #4 (Bryon Morrigan).

    It looks to me that once you reach four levels deep, the software stops adding “Reply” buttons to posts.

    For example, look below “Snoozepossum says: February 18, 2010 at 4:08 am” (comment #326) and note that none of the comments below there have reply buttons.

    I see the same issue a but further down but still in thread #4. It would be a shame to limit discussions to four levels and then terminate.

    Configuration issue or problem with the software?


  3. My first visit to your site; recommended by Wild Hunt. I like what I see so far, but will definitely look forward to an ID system (that remembers me) for comments.

  4. I formed my opinions about the Tea Party by reading their website, reading their blogs, and attending a few rallies myself. I notice that most of the planks in their agreed-on platform were actually petitions being pushed by a Libertarian group called Downsize DC a good five years before Obama was elected, or even heard from. The Tea Party was started by Libertarias; only after it started collecting crowds and gaining notice did the Conservatives jump on its bandwagon and the GOP come courting it. Regardless of what politicians may believe and the media may say, the core of the movement remains Libertarian.

    I predict that when the votes come in after Tuesday, we’ll see something surprising. Not only will the Republicans have gained a lot of seats in congress, but an astonishing percentage of the votes will have gone to Independents, Libertarians, and anything but Republicans and Democrats. A poll taken here in Arizona last month found that 30% of the voters planned to vote Democrat, %30 planned to vote Republican, 30% planned to vote for *anything else*, and 10% were undecided. After all the nasty mud-slinging political ads that have appeared on TV in the past few weeks, I daresay that 10% is no longer undecided. In any case, a vote that large for A Plague On Both Your Houses is the one thing that really can shake up American politics-as-usual.

    Of course, Arizona is a weird state. According to the last census, slightly over 30% of our population is White, slightly less than 30% is Indian (mostly Pueblo tribes), about 30% is mixed White-and-Indian (which is exactly what Latinos are!), 5% is Black and 5% is Asian. (Yes, that means this is one state where Whites are a minority.) Yet 70% of the population is in favor of our famous anti-Illegal-immigration law. Since only about 30% of our population is White, where did that other 40% come from?

    Also consider that the four biggest religious groups are Catholics, Baptists, Mormons, and… Pagans. No, I’m not kidding. The Pueblo tribes, by and large, are as Pagan as their ancestors. Since the Indian tribes still own one-sixth of the state outright (including the best silver mines), and are pulling in considerable money from those casinos on their land, they make up a political and religious faction that nobody wants to anger. This is why not even the wildest-eyed of bible-bouncing fanatics ever get very far in attacking Pagans. Some 8 years ago a particular bunch tried to invade three different Samhain celebrations (including the local Witches’ Ball), and were firmly stopped by the state Park Rangers, the Phoenix city police, and a contingent of the National Guard. There’s a town in the southeastern part of the state called Witch Wells, because it was founded by a group of Wiccans hoping to build a community there. They failed for lack of funds, but the name is still on the map.

    Arizona is a quietly Pagan-friendly state. You can’t get much weirder than that, eh?

    –Leslie Fish < )O(