The first amendment to the US constitution states that Congress may not abridge your right to speech or the press, but I am not a member of our illustrious Congress, nor do I aspire to be one. I choose to moderate comments (should anyone ever leave one) on this blog. Given the mania for codifying, listing, and otherwise creating practices by writing them, the following are the standards I follow for moderating.
I started this blog to exchange ideas and to share work in progress (mine and others) and expect the comments to reflect that spirit. Some of the posts will assume the reader is at least somewhat familiar with the topic, so please reserve basic questions for email or, better yet, a scouring of the web via your preferred search engine. Ad hominem attacks, sneering asides, and other rudeness that unfortunately emerge in many online forums are not welcome here.