Play nicely with others.
- I have zero tolerance for spamming, trolling, and troll-like behavior; extremely annoying comments, idiotic mind games, and general fuckery; willful ignorance, playing stupid, and pointless nitpicking; cherrypicking data, refusal to acknowledge the argument, and distracting from the topic of discussion; arrogant self-righteousness, unquestioning self-certainty, and blatant hypocrisy; et cetera. Basically, jerks and assholes are not welcome, and bullshit is not allowed. A minimal level of intelligence, curiosity, open-mindedness, honesty, sincerity, and good intentions is a non-negotiable requirement.
- And I have zero tolerance for overt authoritarianism, ideological dogmatism, and mindless groupthink; sociopathy, cruelty, and mean-spiritedness; bigotry, prejudice, and hateful language; reactionary spin, empty rhetoric, and dog whistle politics; et cetera. This doesn’t only include such things as straitforward racism, but also such things as race realism — for the two can’t be differentiated and only a racist would claim otherwise. This applies to similar non-distinctions. If you walk like a duck and quack like a duck, I will treat you like a duck. Nor will subtle bigotry of dog whistle politics be tolerated. Other varieties of unacceptable views are misogyny and misandry, homophobia and xenophobia, poor-bashing and eugenics. Anything along these lines are disallowed from expression on this forum.
I won’t argue about any of this, I won’t explain, and I won’t give you a second chance. If I deem your comments to be completely unacceptable, your comments won’t be posted. And if I don’t like you for any reason whatsoever or otherwise find relating to you to be a net loss to my happiness or to the purposes of this blog, I will permanently block you.
That said, my years of experience demonstrates that the vast majority of people who seek to comment don’t run afoul of my standards. I’ve regularly written on this blog for about a decade, which includes thousands of posts and comments. During that time, I’ve only blocked a few people.
I value and enjoy open discussion, honest and intelligent debate. If you don’t share my attitude, then fuck off! But if you do share my attitude, I’m glad to have you participate.