Commenting Policy

Comments on this blog don’t post until someone clicks on an “Approved” button. Until Steve’s death, he moderated comments; now, that task falls on me. When comments go into the moderation queue, I get an email notification, but I don’t always check that email account every day, so it may take a couple (or several) days for comments to post. Here are the guidelines I’m using for moderating comments:

A. Comments are welcome. Debate and diversity of views are encouraged.

B. Comments on the identities of anonymous posters will be deleted.

C. Comments that are racist or advocate violence will be deleted.

D. Comments that are libelous, infringe copyrights (and are not “fair use”), or otherwise might cause legal problems will be deleted.

E. Comments containing vulgar or offensive language may be edited or deleted.

F. Robo comments (and suspected robo comments), and comments deemed to be spam or advertising, will be blocked and/or deleted.

G. Off topic comments may be deleted.

H. When quoting material they did not write themselves, commenters are expected to put quote marks (“”) around that material and identify the source.

I. Excessively long or wordy comments may be edited, not posted, or in some cases I may decide to post them as an article with attribution to their author.

J. In some cases, if there are multiple or redundant comments, I may decide to just post the best ones.

K. Comments will be posted exactly as written; typos, spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc., will not be corrected.

L. Links will be removed from comments to protect readers from potential viruses. Comments posted before March 1, 2020, may still contain links and readers click on them at their own risk.

M. The general editorial policy of this blog is to allow commenters to express their opinions. However, the editor reserves the right to remove or not post disinformation, falsehoods, or egregiously non-factual or counter-factual material.

N. Changing comments after posting: Readers can request deleting their comment, editorial changes, typo corrections, etc., by submitting the request as a new comment in the same thread. I’ll then review the request, make the changes in the original comment (unless I make an editor’s decision not to), and delete the request comment.

O. Content is the sole responsibility of the submitter. In keeping with The-Ave’s open commenting policy, the fact a comment has been posted is not an endorsement by The-Ave and does not validate its content. I generally won’t censor content, as a matter of principle; but that said, I won’t promise I’ll never, ever, under any circumstances, consider deleting a comment that is incomprehensible gibberish, total nonsense, a pack of lies, or appears to be enemy propaganda.* Even free speech has to have some minimal standards. (* Yes, I realize this could be an issue if quoting Trump, but I’ll generally let commenters quote Trump’s gibberish, nonsense, lies, and propaganda and deal with it in other ways.)

About this blog: “The Ave.US” (named after University Avenue in Seattle’s U. district) was created by University of Washington Professor Steve Schwartz as an off-campus forum for discussing university affairs, although it quickly evolved to include humor, current events, and politics. Its liberal orientation is obvious, but there’s no editorial policy of discriminating against other viewpoints. Very early on, Steve included me (“Roger Rabbit”) in its design and asked me to be a contributor. I know little about website design or management, but my passworded access allows me to post and edit articles, and approve, edit, and delete comments. That’s pretty much the extent of what I do here. Unlike Steve, I’m not a university insider, so inevitably this blog has lost its focus on U.W. affairs upon his passing. Nor am I capable of replicating his unique sense of humor. In his absence, I’m trying to keep the blog going, and I think he would want that. I try to make it interesting by posting new material every couple days or so, generally on subjects I have at least some familiarity with. That’s mostly government, politics, and current affairs. My professional background is journalism, law, and government; and you’ll see those influences in the writing, editing, and coverage. Some of Steve’s articles written before his death also continue to post because he post-dated them.

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