COMMENTS POLICY – FROM THE REFEREES
The Briefing Room is instituting a Comments Policy, simply because we have to. There are two key aspects to a successful blog. One is having posts that stimulate discussion. The other is the discussion that emanates from those posts. Both ingredients are equally important.
All of our commenters, whether we agree with them personally or not, are welcome here, and no one has a right to tell anyone else to get lost.
Having said that, there is a caveat: If you want comments threads that degenerate into a slagging match, there are other blogs that provide this facility. We don’t. The truth is, thousands of people are logging into this site every day to read what you are talking about, so the more intelligent you act and sound the more the silent majority who read the blogs will respect your opinions.
In talkback radio, for every person who calls up and comments, there are thousands more content to just listen to the show and be persuaded by the arguments to and fro. Same thing here.
So here are the rules. Passion is fine, but general personal abuse is not. Comments that attack another commenter personally over their sexuality or political opinions will be deleted, regardless of which side of the debate they come from.
This should not be taken personally, from now on it is simply the Referee’s Decision to ensure debate stays on track.
Profane language should be avoided and posts containing profanities will be either edited or deleted
Pseudonyms are acceptable but as with other areas of commenting they should not offend the sensibilities of others.
Multiple identities posting from the same IP address will result in the IP address being banned for a minimum 24 hours.
Atheist/Christian, Left-wing/Right-wing, Gay/Straight, we don’t care who you are and welcome your participation as long as you treat others here with basic respect.