It is very important to me that we keep this site a place where everyone feels welcome, and I think that the majority of our readers feel that way. Most of you do a great job in keeping things on-topic and challenging with a minimum of ad hominem attacks in the comments sections of our articles, and I think it’s fantastic. Heck, that’s one of the main reasons I like to wade in and chat: I know that even though we all may have very strong opinions on politics, Forteana, science and more, things usually stay pretty civil.
Unfortunately, with this being the internet, there’s bound to be the occasional problem: spammers, trolls and the seriously unhinged can and do make their way to the site. Most of them can be safely ignored or, in the worst case scenario, blocked. I hate doing the latter, but I’m occasionally forced to do so for the good of the community. I’m not fond of censorship, but I’ve got a job to do and if it’s a matter of banning one person from commenting or letting the rest of you feel unsafe or miserable then I’ll ban every time.
One thing that I will absolutely not tolerate is stalking, harassment or bullying of any sort. If you’re on the internet any amount of time then you’re likely to make a few enemies, and some of them can be persistent. There’s no clear line for where this crosses into harassment – that’s something you probably have to decide for yourself – but if there’s a persistent problem in the comment section then please let me know and I’ll see what I can do to resolve the situation.
Some of you who know me well are aware that my work schedule can be very hectic, and I can’t be here all of the time. I depend on you to let me know, and if our readers feel something is amiss then you should not hesitate to reach out and inform me of the situation. I can’t do much about things off-site, but I’ll do my very best here to keep things civil.