Thursday, March 10, 2005

Blog Etiquette

Welcome! Please do add remarks to this blog, if you desire, but also read this entire note to understand what is expected of all who add comments.

Because ideas have consequences, this blog is devoted to critical assessment of ideas. Therefore, all who seek to participate in discussion of ideas on this blog by posting comments will be expected to engage in the critical assessment of ideas and will be expected to keep the discussion at that level, especially when the discussion becomes energetic and rigorous.

Here are the basic expectations that will be enforced for all who post comments.

  • No anonymous comments will be accepted. This means that all who add comments must have a real person identity that is accessible on the blog profile page or is known to this blog's administrator.

  • Each one who posts comments will be expected to have a functioning and legitimate e-mail account discernible on one's profile page.

  • Read "The Core Rules of Netiquette," if you are not sure what is generally acceptable behavior in posting comments on blogs. Wherein "The Core Rules of Netiquette" and this current blog entry on etiquette may conflict, etiquette rules stated here will prevail. For example, flaming will not simply be kept under control; flaming will not be permitted.

  • Submit to "the Jesus way"--"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12). What does this mean?

    • Christian behavior, Christian courtesy, Christian kindness, Christian speech patterns, and Christian generosity are always expected of guests and host.

    • This, of course, does not mean that discussions will not be rigorous or engaging or that we all reduce to mindless robots that walk in lockstep agreement. Nevertheless, when disagreement is met, it is to be met respectfully, not with rancor. Respectful disagreement does not include walking out of conversations. In particular, the etiquette concerning respectful disagreements means that no one stomps away from a conversation and snubs the person who legitimately and kindly, even if rigorously, challenges another person's assertions that need to be argued with evidence.

    • Honor one another. Honor the dignity of your conversation partners.

1 comment:

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