We hope posts will spark good, respectful discussions in the comment threads.
Whatâs a good comment…
- One that seriously considers what the post offers.
- One that engages with how an idea is expressed (by OP, commenter, or within link) and why it might be valid or not.
- Extensions of the idea(s) to other historical periods or aspects of Dr. Richardsonâs works or other relevant works.
- One that offers additional resources or supporting âevidenceâ
- One that inquires or seeks more understanding from other members or from a memberâs comment.
- One that expresses agreement/support and for which a simple âlikeâ or âheartâ or âhugâ will not suffice, but rather, has something more to add.
Whatâs NOT a good comment, and/or NOT a discussion...
We donât like to delete comments. Itâs not fun at all, and itâs a lot of work. So help us out, please.
While good comments are our aim, an average, boring, illogical or insubstantial comment is probably going to be OK.
But any of the following will get your comment unceremoniously deleted.
- Heated debates? Sure. But ugly personal attacks on anyone for any reason will be deleted, and may be cause for removal from the group.
- Simple rants. Vulgar rants. Deliberately offensive rants/words. âTrump is a piece of sh*tâ doesnât advance anyoneâs knowledge.
- Memes/GIFâs/Emojis and the like that are vulgar, tacky, insulting (to anyone), or could be offensive. Yes they can be funny, and even clever at times. This isnât about personal taste, itâs about whose name is often referenced here, and is in the title of this group.
- Unsupported assertions. If you write âYouâre wrong!â, support it with either a reasoned argument and/or good research. If you donât have time, just come back later when you do .
- Conspiracy theories (or links to them).
Turning Comments âOFFâ
Although we loathe exercising this option, we may disable comments on a post if:
- The post is âold newsâ, or comments become unproductive or redundant – 1
- The topic is such that debates become too inflammatory (usually a gentle reminder will be attempted first). We donât always want to go one-by-one and delete every borderline inappropriate comment on such posts because any thoughtful or important responses to the offending comment will also get deleted. We donât want to toss the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak.
- It is a post intended for submission into the âFILESâ tab and on which we donât want a string of comments to appear.
- At times we may turn commenting off on our own âadminâ biz related posts to prevent hundreds of notifications that are going to garner a lot of well meaning comments such as, ââthank you.â We field hundreds of notifications as it is, and itâs too difficult to sift through and respond to these. Instead, a simple âlikeâ or âheartâ will suffice.
- We MAY also turn commenting off on a post that either has already, and/or we think may generate a ton of engagement overnight, or during any hours that there is no admin on duty. We have taken precautions to prevent this, but it can happen. In such a case, there will be a notice that will appear as the last comment, which will include information on when the comments will be turned back on.
- 1 We see redundancy when there are so many comments on a post that members continue commenting similarly to what others have already expressed – with no awareness of the fact. Itâs understandable, and we donât expect you to keep track of whatâs already been said amidst hundreds of comments. We do it for you, in exchange for your forgiveness if seeing that comments are turned off on a post frustrates you. And then also of course we donât want âold newsâ posts generating a comment from a new member that pops the thread back up to the top of feed.
We understand that this can be frustrating and we do try to minimize this admin option to turn off comments.
A primary reason we keep an eye on the number of comments that are generated on posts is we want to ensure that fresher posts are not prevented from appearing at the top of the newsfeed, for the sake of a few posts that are already full of redundancies and/or uninformative comments.