RULES ON COMMENTS
I welcome a healthy debate on this blog. It's what blogging is all about. Strongly worded comments are acceptable, but libellous ones are not. It is commonly thought that somehow bloggers operate outside the law of libel. This is an incorrect assumption. If I feel that any comment could be construed as libellous I will not allow it through comment moderation or retrospectively delete it.
Swearing is banned on this blog. If you use a swear word in your comment, again, it is liable to be deleted without explanation.
Anonymous posting is no longer allowed, although you are able to post under a pseudonym if you have first registered a Google or Blogger account. If your post is insulting to me or other people posting in the thread I reserve the right not to allow it through. Persistent abuse of me, the host of this blog by way of spurious allegations or name-calling is liable to result in a ban, either for a period of time or permanently. You may disagree with me, but there is a limit to my patience if my hospitality is abused.
Please try to be as polite as possible. People seem to think that the internet can be used to say things to people which you would never dream of saying to their face. Strong argument is welcomed, but please try to steer clear of personal insults where possible.
If any of these rules are continually transgressed I reserve the right to ban an individual from posting further comments.
In short, I reserve the right to delete any comment made on this blog with no explanation. This is a debating forum which I have created and if people do not like my rules they should feel free not to participate.
If you have suggestions for further rules of engagement, please feel free to leave them in the comments on this thread.
COMMENTERS ON A YELLOW CARD
Tim Ireland (from 29 March)
These rules were created on 20 January 2008 and amended in mid 2008 in order to provide greater clarity. They were further updated on 24 November to reflect the fact that comment registration was introduced on 22 November.