Comments Policy

I’d really prefer not to have a comments policy at all.  I’d really prefer not to moderate comments at all. But this is not a perfect world, alas.

So here, in a nutshell, is the policy for comments on this blog: politeness. If you don’t make it polite, it probably won’t get published. Period. It’s not “censorship”. This is not a government agency telling you what you can’t say. It’s a free country, and you can say whatever you want, somewhere. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can say it here. It’s editorial discretion, as any other site or publication has. It has nothing to do with whether or not you “agree” with the facts I present.

That’s the only absolute requirement, but there is one additional guideline that is strongly encouraged: relevance. Your comments should have something interesting to say. Opinion is vastly overrated; ideas and information are what make opinions and discussions interesting.

Do your homework; I certainly do mine. If you’re going to say I’m wrong about something, you’d better be able to back it up. I’ve certainly made a few mistakes in these posts, and I’m always grateful to people who point them out — although I’d probably spot them myself sooner or later, as I do retroactive quality checks. But I’ve never been wrong about the main thrust of an article, because I research exhaustively before hitting the Publish button. So don’t waste your time arguing that guns really do prevent millions of crimes a year, or that the moon landing really was faked.

Finally, don’t bother making comments about me personally. You don’t know me, and I’m not here to discuss myself. I’m just not that interesting, compared to the topics I write about.

It’s possible that some comments will violate all of these principles and still be published; sometimes they offer something of value despite the intentions of the writer. But you’ll certainly improve your chances of seeing your comments posted here if you follow these commonsense recommendations.



  1. Hello POP,

    I like the looks of your new website design but it seems that comments of mine are not being published (even after submitting them twice–and/or according to the rules).i.e. this is a problem I have encountered periodically, Many times I have grown used to websites like this–but when a single update tosses out all the rules and leaves confused again! POP, It would be great if your websites are actually recorded real and verified facts to make everyone aware of the many politically motivated websites that are distorting the very real and large numbers of issues that are being ignored after partisan politics make them seem insurmountable,or less significant than they truly are?–So what gives?

      • i just spent a couple of hours leaving a comment on you Sky Hook post, but it could not be posted unless I tried all of the passwords I have used over more than a year, or if I paid $60 to start my own blog. needless to say none of the passwords worked–what gives?

  2. Hello POP,

    I have recently resolved my issues with wordpress and have left some comments on your website successfully. However, the first four comments of mine under your article about Christopher Columbus were meant to get your attention concerning a mistake I initially made by leaving a comment that was really meant for your article about whether the Internet censors conservatives. I found that I could not simply select and delete them, nor could I use the “cut,” option which is sometimes available for commenters, I also found I could not just backspace to delete all of my erroneous comments. So, could you please do me a favor and delete the first four (which should have been posted under your article about whether conservatives are being censored by the Internet)?

    The last comment really is about Columbus, so you can keep that one. But, I wish you had a commenting program that allows commenters to edit their own comments, or at least gives writers the ability to delete their original posts and start again.

    Sincerely, Peter W. Johnson

  3. Several hours ago I left a comment under your article, “And Now for the Worst Response to Las Vegas,” but it still has not been posted. Does this mean I have done something wrong?

    I think so far, “Anonymous” and I have been pretty constrained and proper in our responses to each other except for some of the usual snarky comments that have been made when we are frustrated by the others persistent failure to see our points. But, if it just takes a while for you to proof read comments, and you have just not gotten around to giving the green light to my most recent comments, than my apologizes for being unnecessarily concerned.

    Is it common to delay comments for a day or two before you publish them? Or am I just letting my unnecessary concerns show by wondering about what seems to be an uncharacteristic delay? It just has always seemed to me that my comments have been posted more quickly than this. So forgive me if I am being anxious about something that is a normal part of your editorial approval process.

    Respectfully Peter W. Johnson

      • Thanks, I know that many websites take a while to post comments, but you have always seemed to post them promptly. So I guess, while thanking you, I should also accept that you might need to take a little time before approving my comments (if you need to).

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