Reader Comment Rules

Introduction
We want to provide an opportunity for Readers to exchange ideas and discuss the issues of postings, and we want to be able to do this in a hands-off manner. Readers know that we do not allow obscenities and that personalities are to be avoided. These ground rules have been entirely at our discretion. When Readers have come close to or stepped over these lines, we’ve noted such either through our own Comment posting or by direct email when the Commenter uses a valid email. By-and-large, this has worked. Generally, Readers have been respectful of these ground rules.
Primary Rule
Comments by Readers are generally welcome, but we are not obligated in any way to permit Comments and we reserve the right to deny Comments at any time in whole or by any individual Reader.
Being a Paid Subscriber does not in any way alter the Primary Rule. We continue to reserve the policy outlined above. In addition, there are Rules outlined below that, if not followed, may result in denial of posting of any Comment by any Reader, whether this Reader is a Paid Subscriber or a free Reader.
We also reserve the right, at any time and in our sole discretion, to suspend the privileges of any Reader who abuses these rules, whether a Paid Subscriber or a free Reader.
These are subject to revision at any time entirely at our whim.
What’s Permissible
The following is permissible in the Comments:

  • Discuss the issues, pro or con;
  • Agreement or disagreement;
  • Citing facts, articles, references or opinions to support or disagree with the post or to make your point;
  • Hyperlinks to other resources;
  • Policy, philosophical and strategic issues; and
  • Appropriate photos, YouTube links, etc.

Not Permissible
Some Readers have apparently interpreted the “Personal Attacks” rule below as being limited to each other, and generally this has been the case. We extend this qualification to personal attacks on the executives or other personnel of any company mentioned within these Comments. It is one thing to permissibly dispute the policies and public relations statements set by executives and personnel. It is quite another to attack the individual personally. This is not permitted.

  1. Obscenities;
  2. Personal attacks, no matter how innocuous;
  3. No attacks or criticisms about grammar, spelling or sentence structure. Not all people have the same levels of education and furthermore, bi-lingual Readers may not be fluent in their second language; neither negates their right to their opinion. Criticisms of these areas are meant to attack their credibility rather than debating the issues. This line of attack is absolutely verboten;
  4. Attacks on patriotism, whatever the reason;
  5. Going on tangents regarding policy and strategy; for example, Export policy is debatable but leap-frogging this to whether Gorbochev or Assange deserves the Nobel prize is ridiculous (and this is one example in which we Trashed the Comment before its posting);
  6. Use of false emails in your posting; Emails are not public information; we now demand that you provide a valid email address with your Comment, for we now require the ability to email you for “guidance” should we deem it necessary. If we attempt to do this and find the email is invalid, you will be blocked from reading and posting;
  7. Going off-topic generally; the posts are about the posts. For example, a post on A320neo doesn’t mean that going off on the A380 is appropriate. We will be a bit more lenient on this one providing you can make a logical connection;
  8. Sexist remarks;
  9. Nationalistic attacks;
  10. Attacks in integrity;
  11. And anything else we, in our sole discretion, decide crosses the line.
    Disclaimer:
    We neither endorse nor reject the Comments offered by our Readers. Comments are your opinions, which may be factually correct, incorrect or rationale or irrational. As long as you follow the guidelines above, you are free to post.
    Complaints:
    If you have complaints about a particular poster, email us directly and we will consider them. Public bashing is Not Allowed.
    Originally posted January 2011. Updated October 11, 2014.