This page outlines the expectations I have of folks that leave comments on this blog, and what those people can expect of me as a comment moderator. Much of this page will be derived/completely stolen from:

Guiding Values

These are some general operating principals to which I will strive to adhere.

  • Be cool
    • Everyone should feel comfortable participating in the discussion.
  • Be respectful
    • We’re not going to agree all the time, and that’s fine.
  • No anonymous comments
    • You must login with OpenID to comment.
  • Benevolent Dictator For Life (BDFL)
    • My judgements about comments are final.

Comments that will be deleted

I will delete comments that I find disrupt discussion or are harassing. I am mostly adopting the TODO Group’s Open Code of Conduct’s definition of harassment as defined below.

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, age, regional discrimination, political or religious affiliation
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment
  • Deliberate misgendering. This includes deadnaming or persistently using a pronoun that does not correctly reflect a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment
  • Simulated physical contact (e.g., textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) after a request to stop
  • Threats of violence, both physical and psychological
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Sustained disruption of discussion
  • Unwelcome sexual attention, including gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect others from intentional abuse
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication


This blog prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. I will likely not act on complaints regarding:

  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you”
  • Refusal to explain or debate social justice concepts
  • Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions

Benevolent Dictator For Life (BDFL) status

How I handle comments is entirely up to me. I will do what I need to to keep the discussions reasonable and on-topic, at my sole judgement and discretion.

I will delete comments that contain content that is derogatory towards an entire class of people based on their race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, class, religion, age, or other self-identified or imputed identity.


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