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This is not intended to be a public forum. So I am under no obligation to run this as one. Comments may be moderated at times (when spam get out of control) or not. So expect comments to be moderated and be surprised when it's not.

Opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one. Everybody's entitled to their opinion. But I'm not required to reflect every opinion in this blog even in the comment section. I just need one asshole.

You may want to read this article on stupid comments: http://heresthenews.blogspot.sg/2013/10/science-wants-last-word-im-ok-with-that.html

It sums up my view of most comments and commenters.

Alternative viewpoints well-argued (or at least coherent) will be considered, but if it is an ongoing debate with polarised position, this blog will reflect my (current) position. There is no point rehashing debates conducted elsewhere ad nauseum, here. There is no traffic here. No one of significance to debate with you, and no audience to see you win your arguments.

I will be the sole arbiter of what is well-argued (or coherent).

If your comments include a fresh, valid and relevant point or counter point. I will keep it, if for no other reason than to remind myself that that particular point is still valid and relevant and needs to be addressed. Or I need to reassess my thoughts and position on that particular issue.  

Comments that are obviously trying to get me to visit your blogs (or some other website) will be ignored, and will almost certainly be deleted. Not to be confused with links to websites that you are citing to support your argument. So if your comment consists mainly of, "Ya, I agree. so-and-so at this [website] also said the same", it would be a likely candidate for deletion.

Comments that are obviously trying to sell me something will be deleted with extreme prejudice. (Well, as extreme as it gets here).

Comments that are obviously pursuing some tedious agenda will be deleted.

Comments that hint at some hackneyed, cock-eyed, conspiracy theory will be given all due consideration (i.e. ignored with extreme apathy followed by gleeful deletion, or if the conspiracy theory is particularly good, I might just read it for entertainment value.). 

All that said, I do welcome well-argued and bona fide comments, but I suspect by now you may question my sincerity in saying that.

I guess what I mean to say is, if you crafted a well-intentioned, and well-researched (or just amply paranoid) comment and posted it here, do keep a copy somewhere else. If I heartlessly delete it, it would be gone forever.

Free Speech
http://xkcd.com/1357/

See also:

http://heresthenews.blogspot.sg/2014/04/skim-deep-reading-gives-skin-deep-grasp.html