On the sidebar you will see a document called “Da Roolz!,” which gives guidelines for posting at this site (you can also access it here). I guess I have to call attention to it from time to time, as people may not see it.
I want to mention the two Roolz that continue to be violated most frequently:
7. Try not to dominate threads, particularly in a one-on-one argument. I’ve found that those are rarely informative, and the participants never reach agreement. A good guideline is that if your comments constitute over 10% of the comments on a thread, you’re posting too much.
12. I am glad to receive items from readers, though at times their number is a bit overwhelming! But many of my posts come from those contributions, and I try to remember to h/t readers if I use their contributions. (Sometimes I forget this acknowledgment—in which case my apologies.) If you send me a link and I don’t write about it, please do not feel bad. I get many more tips, photos, and other stuff than I can possibly use, and have to choose. But please do not send me items asking me to post them, or saying, “I think this would make a great post for your site.” That feels a bit presumptuous and coercive, and, as readership grows, I’m starting to get these requests more frequently. Also, please do not ask me to publicize your or your friend’s book, business, or any other endeavor. If you want to call something interesting to my attention—and of course it must be of potential interest not just to me, but to readers—that is great, but don’t ask me to post things.
I continue to receive requests from people to publicize their books or posts on their websites. Likewise, I get items which readers say (or imply) that I should post about because they’re of general interest. Please let me make that determination; I don’t like to be pressured, even slightly.
I will work on Da Roolz as things develop, but I’d like to add one more thing—not a binding rule, but a request. If you want to criticize my views on my site, or link to a post on your own site in which you do the same, please have the guts to use your own name. So often these comments or websites are pseudonymous, and I consider that cowardice. Stand behind words. It simply cannot be true that every one of these critics have really good reasons to hide their real names. Some of them may, but I suspect that people, freed from the responsibility of having their words associated with their names, simply hide behind a pseudonym. If I can espouse strong and unpopular views under my real name, so can many of you.