A Word About Commentary
Comment moderation is something I take somewhat seriously and model after Feministe’s comment moderation policy, which reads:
“Safe, pro-feminist discussion is important to us. We will delete comments that are abusive, off-topic, or include ad hominem attacks. Foul language is not offensive to us unless it is used as a weapon against a writer or commenter. Because we value our community and will work to protect that community, sometimes we will delete comments that we believe to be harmful or trolling.
Each blogger retains control over the comments on their own posts, particularly negative and incendiary comments.
WE RETAIN THE RIGHT TO:
1. Control content and comments.
2. Edit comments.
Please use HTML to post links that are relevant to conversation. Posting a long link breaks the template and is irritating to the webmistresses.
3. Delete comments.
If they meet the criteria for deletion, we will not hesitate to delete such comments.
4. Prevent comments by specific persons or groups.
We will do what is possible to prevent publishing comments that are racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, or transphobic. Controversy is not scary to us, but we do aim to create a space that is safe for the expression of pro-feminist ideas.
5. Make some posts feminist-only, or exclude certain types of comments.”
In short, comment what you will—and bear responsibility for what you write.