Thanks for visiting The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond.

Thanks even more for wanting to comment on something I’ve written. I welcome dialogue and dissent, and always enjoy when we can get a friendly conversation going.

But there’s something you should know.

A gruff billy-goat moderates this blog. Trolls will be trip-tropped right off the bridge.

Don’t let this happen to you. Here’s a few suggestions to help you develop your billy-goat avoidance skills:

  • Obscenity and other inappropriate material doesn’t make the billy-goat happy. Remember, ministers and grandmothers read this blog, too.
  • A comment thread is almost never a good place to try to sell something.
  • Always keep in mind that there’s a real, individual person behind every comment, everywhere (unless it’s a robot, but that’s another question). There are many fine ways of disputing someone’s argument without implying they’re terrible people who never shower. Personal attacks and ad hominem arguments get trip-tropped.
  • Always ask clarifying questions before making accusations. Always. It’s important to know who’s on the bridge.
  • If it would hurt your feelings, it will probably hurt theirs. Please don’t.
  • There’s never anything wrong with drafting and proofreading your comments. If you’re upset or frustrated, it’s worth walking away from the computer for a while and re-reading the comment later, when you’ve calmed down. If I had a nickel for every time that has saved me from really, really embarrassing myself, I’d have a pretty big nickel collection.
  • If something or someone here really upsets you, please feel free to contact me directly. I’ll be happy to work through the situation, and everyone’s happier if we can keep the billy-goat out of it.
  • If you know how to use XHTML in your comments, please do. If not, don’t worry, but there’s good little tutorials out there, and it never hurts to learn.

Explore the blog, ask questions, find answers, and enjoy. That’s what’s this is about, anyway.

Thanks again, and welcome to you.

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