June 02, 2003

Policies on Posting Comments

Comments are an important part of this weblog. I encourage people to post responses both to my entries and to the replies of other readers, and I greatly appreciate the contributions of readers who engage in discussion and debate, offering their own ideas and opinions and expressing both agreement and disagreement with me and others who post here.

While the vast majority of people who post comments here already tacitly agree to follow basic rules of civility, the time has come to define these rules explicitly. The basic rules of civility are best specified, I believe, in terms of the following prohibitions against incivility:

* No flaming
* No ad hominem attack
* No "shouting" at me or other readers through the use of ALL CAPS (the use of ALL CAPS to emphasize the odd word or phrase is fine, but the excessive use of ALL CAPS as an inflammatory device is unacceptable)

In other words, if you don't like what someone has said, attack the argument, not the person making the argument.

These rules are intended not to stifle debate (if we all agreed with one another, we wouldn't have much to say to one another) but rather to allow for debate: I want this weblog to be a space where people can express dissent and disagreement without turning ugly and nasty.

I reserve the right to edit or delete any post that violates the basic rules of civility. Repeat offenders will be banned from posting here.

Edited for clarity 13 June.

UPDATE (22 February 2004):

In an attempt to protect the blog against auto-generated comment spam, I've decided to close the comments for entries older than 30 days. If you'd like to post a comment to an older (and now comments-disabled) entry, please email me at ia at invisibleadjunct dot com.

Posted by Invisible Adjunct at June 2, 2003 03:56 PM

Sorry you're having to deal with people whose comments are forcing you to make basic rules of civility explicit.

Posted by: Ginger at June 2, 2003 04:18 PM

I'm not a regular reader, but I agree, quite disagreeable that you are forced to post policies re: basic civility. I cited high traffic as an advantage to your and I guess that's a side issue of it. Too bad and good luck with it.

Posted by: Michelle at June 3, 2003 05:51 AM

These rules of "civility" are a clear effort to shield direct shots to your stupidity.

Posted by: Michelle at August 11, 2003 06:57 PM

The arbitrary "non-reappointment" of adjuncts continues at Westchester Community College. The turnover rate stands at about 70%.

Posted by: PhillipFayon at October 12, 2003 01:44 AM


FACULTY INTO THE IT FOLD, is now posted for downloading (Word document) at
It is the second item listed.

This, you will recall, was in connnection with my presentation at the CUNY IT Conference
at John Jay College on 14 November 2003.

All interested parties are welcome to download and read this, and to apprise other
potentially interested parties about it.

-- Ken Ryesky

(Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Accounting & Information Systems, Queens
College CUNY)

Posted by: Ken Ryesky at January 7, 2004 08:32 AM