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Discussions in our political posts are now directed to our Twitter account where post links can be retweeted by our fellow Dems and the discussion can grow well beyond this┬ásite. Our blog posts are also autoposted to our Facebook and Google+ accounts for discussion within those platforms. Readers are also welcome to send us their comments in the “Letter to the Editor” link after each post. We do not respond to letters by email but we may respond in a post (no guarantees).

In our non-political pages with topics on web development and WordPress security issues, comments are accepted via the Disqus 3rd party system. With the Disqus system you can login with your Twitter, Facebook, Google or Disqus accounts. Time permitting, we’ll┬árespond to questions. Comments must be on-topic or related. Wandering into off-topic, personal insults will result in that comment being removed and the account may be banned from future commenting.

Comments that require moderation because of system filters.

  • Comments that contain certain offensive or vulgar language may be sent to moderation. This is an automated process. These posts are placed in moderation and will need to be approved before being published. If you prefer not to wait for moderation, rewrite your comment without the offensive or vulgar language.
  • Any post containing more than 3 links will be sent to moderation. This is an automated process. These posts are placed in moderation and will need to be approved before being published. This is a common practice to help control spam. If your comment is not spam, please be patient; we’ll review and approve it as soon as possible.

We have a zero tolerance policy regarding trolls.
“Trolls” are haters who leave antagonistic comments with the intention of disrupting the conversation, attacking members of the community, or spreading hateful, off-topic rhetoric or misinformation that serves no useful purpose (much like damaging graffiti). Trolls in lefty sites are typically conservatives, teabaggers and libertarians on the right, posers who claim to be on the left but hate everything about the left, and others who seem to hate everything and everyone. A common troll tactic is to redirect visitors; to hijack the article by writing outrageous comments on a completely unrelated topic so visitors will discuss the unrelated topic. Some trolls are actually paid to perform this function. Many lefty blogs are infested by trolls. They may be tolerated because it results in higher traffic stats that advertisers want to see. We don’t have advertisers to please. We will never allow this site to be infested with trolls. A troll’s comments will almost always be removed and they may be blacklisted.

Spam ads in comments will be removed and the user may be blacklisted.

If you object to having a comment removed or edited per our commenting policy, keep one thing in mind: this a personal blog and visitors have no legal right to comment.

We welcome comments on this non-political topic that are on topic and contribute to the discussion. Off-topic comments may be removed. Trolls are never tolerated.
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