Adminutia: The comments policy

I’ve made some slight tweaks and updates to our comments policy. This can also serve as a reminder that we do have such a policy, and that it is enforced.

A couple points worth emphasizing:

  1. The policy is, I think, quite lenient, especially considering the illiberal nature of this blog. This is mainly because we want the Orthosphere to be an open forum for traditionalists rather than just a soapbox for the eleven of us, insightful, interesting, and good-looking though we are. Of course, this presumes maturity and civility on the part of the commenters. Thus, even if you disagree vehemently with something one of us has written, expressing that disagreement in needlessly harsh and insulting terms will only damage the climate of discussion we’re trying to cultivate, as well as making your argument look less credible. You’re among friends here–comment accordingly.
  2. Though the policy is lenient, we’re more concerned about its spirit than its letter. Therefore, it’s not a good idea to try and exploit loopholes you think you’ve found in it, nor to test the patience of the admins.
  3. As the policy itself alludes to, enforcement is mostly left up to the individual contributor, which means it may not be enforced in the same way always and everywhere. Again, the spirit is more important than the letter—this is a set of guidelines, not of explicit rules.
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3 thoughts on “Adminutia: The comments policy

  1. Why are you trying to create a spirit of civility in an uncivil world?

    You must train and practice how you want to perform in real life. The liberals will not be easy for you, they will not follow your rules.

    • The spirit of civility I’m talking about pertains to intra-traditionalist discussions, not to confrontations with liberalism, where harsher approaches certainly have their place. Above all, there are certain ideas that are so evil that it would be a sin of omission and an appeasement to the Devil not to condemn them as directly and impolitely as possible. That said, civility can sometimes be useful in such confrontations as well. A personal example: As I’ve mentioned before, Bonald’s essays were crucial in “converting” me to traditionalism, and one of the reasons why I found them so convincing was the dispassionate and fair-minded way in which they were written.

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