Actually, this post is less interesting philosophically than it sounds, though it concerns something that is important to Steve Angle and me in our roles serving as administrators of this blog. This post will remain on top for a bit, then its contents will be moved to the introductory side menu. PLEASE READ:
New Comments/Discussion Policy: We will be implementing, going forward, a policy that comment or discussion authors identify themselves by their actual full names (“last”/family name and given name), at least once in a post or discussion string, if their logged-in names do not already indicate them. It would also be good to have some small self-identifying epithet after a name — either an institutional affiliation, something like “no affiliation, (city name),” or anything else that helps to contextualize one’s identity. Any official contributors to the blog who are listed in the Contributors list can simply put “(see Contributors list)” after their names.
Rationale: We feel strongly about this because of its contribution to the blog’s mission to promote open-access, constructive, and critical discussion. The policy helps to enforce a level of courtesy for that purpose. It helps if those who are willing to put their identities and reputations out in the open and be subject to the judgment of others in this very public forum are reciprocated in kind by those who engage in discussion with them. One happy outcome of the blog to date has been that some folks with widely-known scholarly profiles are often readily available for direct contact and discussion in ways that did not exist in the past. In order to keep that momentum going please assist us by complying with this policy.
Non-compliance will be dealt with through communication of reminders where possible and rejection of participation if necessary. In some posts or discussion board topics, if there is a good reason to allow anonymity because of subject matter, exceptions to the policy will be announced in them. Any questions or concerns in particular cases can be sent to Steve (email@example.com) and/or me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you!
Comments/discussion about this policy, as always, are welcome.