Community and discussion guidelines

Guidelines for discussion, comment and debate on the Watching the Deniers blog are as follows:

  • Treat all posters, commentators and readers with respect and refrain from personal insults and ad hominem attacks
  • Satire (directed at groups, organisations and/or individual/s) is permitted under the guidelines of “humour” and the principle of “freedom of speech”
  • Snappy retorts and one-liners are fine, but be mindful of the above: we can all appreciate a good retort
  • Some “blue” language is permitted, but be very mindful this is a public space and excessive use may result in disciplinary action (see below)
  • The topic of this blog is primarily about climate change: the science, debate, climate scepticism and the politics – “stay on target”
  • Some discussion of other subjects is permitted, provided there is some general relevance to the discussion at hand (for example drawing on historical incidents as parallels in a discussion)
  • When making any claim (scientific or otherwise) provide references (links if possible) for others to evaluate your argument/s – repeated failure to do so may result in disciplinary action
  • Avoid “Gish Gallops”: long posts with multiple claims not supported by evidence – repeated failure to do so may result in disciplinary action
  • Respect people’s privacy and anonymity: if an individual refuses to reveal personal details or their “real world” identity, respect that (see also cyber stalking below)
  • When engaged in debate/discussion and a fellow poster (or the blog owner) asks you to clarify an argument or point please respond: it is not merely polite to respond to the question, but essential to keeping discussion on track
  • The blog owner can change these guidelines at any time
  • NEW GUIDELINE: false claims such as “climate change is not real”, “climate change is a hoax” or “there has been no warming for 15 years” cannot be made.

Disciplinary actions: three strike rule; one strike rule for those who return; where immediate bans may take place

  • The blog operates on the “three strike” rule: commentators will be given three warnings if they breach guidelines and the opportunity self-correct their behaviour
  • The “third strike” or third warning will result in a 3 month suspension
  • Upon return after the three-month suspension, commentators who have been previously been banned will be subject to a “one strike rule”: this final failure to comply with guidelines will result in a permanent ban
  • Any direct or implied threats will result an immediate and permanent ban: there is no opportunity to appeal this decision
  • If threatening language or a direct or implied threat is made, the comment will be deleted and, at the blog owner or moderator’s discretion, the text of the comment and email/ISP details of said poster may be provided to the relevant authorities
  • Immediate bans will be placed on those who “cyber stalk” and try to identify either the blog owner and/or commentators. At the blog owner or moderator’s discretion, the text of the comment and email/ISP details of said poster may be provided to the relevant authorities
  • Immediate bans will be placed on those who make comments deemed to be: sexist; racist; homophobic deemed to be inflammatory (and if necessary, the email/ISP details of said poster may be forwarded to the relevant authorities).

10 thoughts on “Community and discussion guidelines

  1. john byatt says:

    Time to dump the troll

    see comment below

  2. Bob says:

    The whole list doesn’t seem necessary. I have seen other blogs comment policy say effectively that when commenting, conduct yourself as you would at a dinner party at a church member’s house. Be adult in your dealings. You, as blog owner, always have the privilege of censorship, anyway.

    It boils down to the point that you don’t want people who do not know how to act like adults on the site, anyway.

  3. Your guidelines seem appropriate, but I wonder if, in the last one you really mean homophonic. I looked this up and it seems to be a musical term, and I don’t see the relevance.

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