This site exists to entertain, inform and provoke discussion and comments are not moderated. Some people think this means they have an absolute right to get all their comments published no matter what sort of abuse, stupidity or irrelevance those comments might contain, but they’re wrong. All comments remain on the site strictly at the discretion of the administrators. If a comment is considered inappropriate for any reason, it will be removed, and there will be no further discussion.
There is no such thing as an absolute right to free speech, either on this site or elsewhere. The site is paid for and operated privately. It does not have an obligation to publish anything submitted by way of comment.
Declining to publish a comment is not censorship.
Personal attacks on other commenters or on contributors are not acceptable. Robust argument is welcome, but anyone who forgets their manners and directs personal abuse at other people will be banned.
Trolling is unacceptable. Anyone commenting in order to start a fight or to disrupt discussion of a topic will be banned without further explanation.
In common with most other sites, there will be no discussion of site policy in the general comments. If anyone has an objection to the way this site is managed, they can debate it with themselves in private. Nobody here cares.
Libellous comments will be taken down immediately. Any prejudicial comments about a current court case will be taken down. Any comments advocating commission of a crime will be removed. Racist and homophobic comments will be deleted.
If somebody deliberately writes comments under more than one name, it may be due to inexperience, ignorance of the etiquette or downright trolling. This will be assessed and if it becomes clear that multiple names are being used to disrupt discussion, the commenter will be banned.
Anonymous comments are not accepted.
Text-speak is not permitted, and exceptionally bad grammar or spelling might also be considered sufficient reason to delete a comment.
If you are obviously an idiot, your comment might well be rejected.
As a general rule, if you’re asked a question by an administrator, no further comment on any other subject is permitted until you answer. Your comments might be held back until you answer the original request for a reply, in order to prevent random trolling.
People sometimes decide that these guidelines are not for them, and that’s fine. Nobody is forced to comment here.
One final thing. Comments on this site don’t necessarily reflect the views of the owner or any other contributors.