How we talk here
Different places have different levels of decorum: We don’t behave at church or synagogue or mosque as we would in the ballpark, and the way we talk to friends in a bar is not the way we would talk to our grandparents (well, probably not). My late brush with Farkers suggests that it would be good to point out what the decorum is here.*
Comments at You Don’t Say are subject to approval — my approval — and while a wide range of opinions and forms of expression is permitted, there are limits.
1. Corrections of point of fact, of errors in grammar and usage, and of typos and other slips are welcome and appreciated. They relieve me of the burden of omnipotence.
2. You can speak freely in criticism of my views, my syntax, my diction, my wardrobe or just about anything you like, but childish name-calling and ad hominem abuse are tiresome and pointless; the latter will not be published.
3. You may criticize the opinions of other commenters, but mere abuse directed at them will not be published.
4. Defamatory and potentially libelous statements will not be published.
5. While this blog is somewhat looser and more indulgent than the print edition, vulgar, tasteless and offensive language is unlikely to be published.
This blog is intended for a grown-up audience. While we may sometimes grow sharp, we generally manage to remain civil. If civility bores you, strikes you as stuffy and archaic, then you are welcome to avail yourself of the many other venues the Internet affords for uncivil outbursts.
*Elizabeth Large has also found it necessary to establish ground rules for commenters at her blog on dining.