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Please note that we do not write the news stories we link to, we frame it to emphasize critical thought and add context. If you do not like what the news is about, we can’t help that.
It is our opinion that moderation is the key to keeping the topic on track and avoid the spiral of lame arguments and profanity that drags down any progress on the subject. We want comments that ADD to the interpretation of the story. Therefore, this is a heavily moderated site. We appreciate your input on stories, questions, and questions for other commentators. Additional info you can add to the story is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED but it should be verifiable. I like to think of the DN comments more as “letters to the editor” so keep that in mind. The editor only prints the best stuff.
We moderate in accordance with staying true to the goals of the site, that is, it is science-based. So, if you are simply against the tested, established scientific consensus on a topic, you face a high hurdle here. Damage control comments will likely NOT be approved and we will not provide a platform for unsupported views. If you present your argument civilly, without pointing to propaganda sites, please pass on information, even if dissenting. Questions are very welcome.
For clarification, here are some guidelines for commenting.
1. All viewpoints are welcome. However, incivility is not tolerated. If you just put forth your story without evidence, it may not get through. There is already a boatload of testimonials in support of nonsense on the web. They are rarely allowed here. This is a science-based blog, that is, the scientific consensus is respected here. If you go about saying “this, that or another thing” is “fact” (example: cold fusion) and point to a propaganda site, your comment will likely not be approved (especially if you are derogatory). Sorry, there is enough junk out on the web. This site attempts to counteract the misinformation. If you are an alt med fan or chiropractor or feel personally offended by the story, please note we take a critical stand towards superstitious or paranormal worldviews. Attempts at counteracting bad press for your cause will not be allowed.
2. No name calling or provoking. If you tell me I am an idiot, your comment will be deleted since that is MOST unhelpful. Sexism, prejudice or hate speech is not tolerated here. If comments get personal or you make some insulting remark, you will be banned. Start your own blog or go to the many places that allow such low discourse. This is not it.
3. Please no ranty posts about God and religion, New Age ideas, conspiracies, miracle cures, or supernatural Bigfoot. There is a good chance they will be deleted and/or I will block you. Keep to the topic at hand. Keep it brief. Note that posts with multiple URLs are automatically sent to moderation. I usually will approve them but sometimes they are propaganda posters and will not.
4. This is NOT a forum. Continued posting on the same thread just to argue is frowned upon and will be curtailed.
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Please read this piece about the privilege of commenting.
PERSONAL BLOGS ARE NOT A PUBLIC FREE-FOR-ALL
JUST BECAUSE WE MODERATE COMMENTS DOES NOT MEAN WE RESTRICT FREE SPEECH.
YOU ARE FREE TO WRITE YOUR OWN BLOG WITH WHATEVER INFORMATION YOU CHOOSE.
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Editor, Sharon Hill