Disagreement Policy

I like disagreement. Unlike other people, I don’t feel threatened by different outlooks on life: on the contrary, I find dissent stimulating. There is nothing I enjoy more than a good debate.

Notice the adjective, though: a good debate. Not just any debate. So maybe I should clarify what I mean by “good.”

First and foremost, a good debate is polite. There are no insults or personal disqualifications. We are discussing ideas, not screaming at each other in the subway. We don’t hate each other, hopefully. We just disagree. Disagreement is fine.

Second, a good debate is not judgmental. When the person I’m arguing with implies I am a bad person for believing what I do, I tend to get defensive.

Third, in a good debate people give reasons for what they are stating. These don’t have to be great, but they have to be there. A blanket statement such as “this writing is a piece of crap” is not very informative. “This writing is a piece of crap because you ignore the rules of punctuation” is much better, though it could still use some specific examples. “You missed a coma in line 3” is preferable to both and a lot more constructive. Please be constructive. I am a sensitive person and aggressive criticism makes me upset.

Finally, I don’t delete comments because they disagree with me. In fact, if you disagree I will take the time to answer to the best of my ability. Sometimes I will even change my mind. However, I will delete a comment if I find it insulting or just plain obnoxious. Things I consider obnoxious include racism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination. I also don’t like seaweed.

Summarizing: please be friendly and comment as if I was your unstable friend who’s prone to depression. Be nice. I’ll do my best to reciprocate.

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