Regulars may have noticed that lately we’ve gotten a little less tolerant of abuse of the comments section.
The reason’s probably obvious to anyone who’s been around for certain extended threads: a small number of people posting the same arguments repeatedly, often under multiple pseudonyms.
With those few exceptions, the comments here are great, so we don’t need to give you an etiquette lesson! What you do need to know, however, is that:
- Spam and abuse have gotten aggressive enough to require some automated filters, which will (apologies!) occasionally misfire. Please contact us (at arborupdate at umich.edu), if this happens to you—we’ll try to find the bug, and add your post for you if necessary.
- People have occasionally had fun with screen names, without meaning any ill, but recent abuse has made this problematic. If you aren’t comfortable using your real name, that’s OK, as long as you pick a screen name and stick to it. (Alternatively, feel free to ask us or any other regular you trust to pass on your thoughts under their name.)
- Please leave a working email address; we won’t give it out to anyone, but we might like to contact you to make sure you’re a real person or to resolve a technical problem.
There’s a rough comment policy on our about page. Be considerate and you should be fine.
Also, feel free to take this thread as an opportunity for any comments or gripes about Arbor Update in general.
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