Refresher on the rules for posting comments

There are a lot of people who are new to this site, and who apparently haven’t read the guidelines for posting: “Da Roolz” on the left side of the site, which are here. (I don’t call attention to them often, which may be why newbies miss them.)

There are people who dominate threads (not a bad thing if the discussion is interesting; not a good thing if it’s trolling or persistent repetition), people who post comments that are too long and, especially, people who are uncivil and rude to other commenters.

If you are new here, or haven’t read the rules in a while, please refresh your memory by looking them over.

There is one that I haven’t paid much attention to myself, but will start enforcing if I see it violated. That’s this rule:

18. If you post a link to your website, referring us or asking us to read something you’ve written on that site, the site cannot be anonymous; there must be a real named person who writes it. You have every right to keep your site anonymous, but I don’t have to link to it, for I believe people should stand behind what they say publicly. That said, I’m not demanding that commenters on my own site reveal their real name.  Further, I will not allow “pingbacks” in my site if your site, which has referenced this one or reposted part of one of my posts, cannot be linked to a named and real human.

If you use your website as a link to your handle, your real name must either be your handle or revealed on your site.  I would prefer it if everyone gave their real name, regardless of whether they have a website, but I understand that not everyone can do that.

I myself haven’t read the rules in a while, and I see there are some questions in the comments; I’ll try to get to them soon.

And yes, there are a fair number of rules, but I’ve found that they work to keep discussion civil and informative. And I don’t see them as too onerous.



  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 18, 2019 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    May I propose another rule?

    If the Website (or words made of letters or numbers therein, in any language, known or unknown, in unpredictable permutations or rearrangements – e.g. from Sophisticated Theologians) insults, offends, or otherwise maligns yours or your loved ones’ Sincerely Held Beliefs, the new Rule will be :

    do not read the Website.

    • Posted January 18, 2019 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      Funny! Good point.

    • GBJames
      Posted January 18, 2019 at 10:10 am | Permalink

      Heh. While I get a chuckle from that proposal, the folk you refer to might benefit the most from reading it!

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted January 18, 2019 at 10:32 am | Permalink

      Donald Rumsfeld himself couldn’t have put the pre-dash portion of your parenthetical any better. 🙂

    • Diane G
      Posted January 19, 2019 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

      Good one! 😀

      • Diane G
        Posted January 19, 2019 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

        & sub

  2. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted January 18, 2019 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I used to be ‘nicky’, but I found your modest request reasonable, hence the change.
    That being said, I think Da Roolz is one of the main reasons this website is such a pleasure to visit regularly. No rude insults, flaming, trolling, deliberately false info, etc., etc. Compare that to say the comment section on say ‘The Hill’, ‘Politico’ or even ‘The Friendly atheist’ (not to mention ‘Pharyngula’).
    If I sometimes post ‘borderline’ -which I try to avoid- I’m open to stand corrected. I think most of us are.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted January 18, 2019 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      Always wondered whatever became of “nicky.”

      Now you know the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say. 🙂

    • Serendipitydawg
      Posted January 18, 2019 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

      I have had a number of pseudonyms, I used them originally to avoid someone who thought it hilarious to follow me around various places. They were mostly technical and commenting became very wearying, so I switched to anonymity.

      I keep thinking about reverting to my real name but it is a bit of a step… I had to let my own domain lapse and switch to Gmail using an alias (not this one) because I couldn’t keep up with the number of aliases in my inbox; that and all the advertising email that I used to get after being signed up to products and services on a trial basis. Same with my cell phone number, and so it goes on… at least the junk mail stopped and the telephone preference service took care of the landline.

      Like I said, hilarious.

  3. Posted January 18, 2019 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    As one who posts here without using my legal name, maybe I should say that I use only this one pseudonym, here or anywhere else on the internet. I write under this name on my blog, which has my private email address listed under ‘about’. (Just for the record, I have, over the years, sent Jerry emails with my legal name as well as my pseudonym.)

    The main reason for remaining anonymous is that I work in the field of social work and don’t want my clients to stumble onto my private opinions about their religion.

    If I had any financial or professional interests in matters I comment about, I would use my legal name.

    • Posted January 18, 2019 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      I use this username for the vast majority of my accounts as well, and I don’t think there are any other people using it.


  4. dabertini
    Posted January 18, 2019 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    I live by da roolz. I ❤ da roolz.

  5. Posted January 18, 2019 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    FTR, I am Matt Cavanaugh, also known to PZ Myers as “that asshole Cavanaugh”. I set my WordPress name to just “Matt” some time ago for use on my own blogs, and can’t be bothered to change it.

    So now you all can find me elsewhere on the interwebz saying many horrible, scurrilous, & un-PC things, or perhaps rescuing horses.

    • XCellKen
      Posted January 18, 2019 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      You mean like the time you called me a “stoner” on the Slymepit ???

      Not that I was offended in the least when you called me that lol

      • Posted January 18, 2019 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

        If the doobie fits ….

        • XCellKen
          Posted January 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

          Sorry, don’t smoke. Just share it with my friends

  6. Posted January 18, 2019 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    This is my real name, so hopefully its fine?

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