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Please Let’s Be Civil When Commenting

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One of the greatest assets of this site is the unbelievable wealth of knowledge and diversity of opinions voiced in the comments section.  But I have to agree with a number of emails I received as well as some comments made in Yesterday’s emotional response to Derek on Being the Stereotype (by Danny Harris). Often there are subjects covered on this blog that deal with particularly sensitive topics and issues. I think the discourse that follows in the comments is often quite valuable. I really just have a simple request that the thread not get poisoned by personal attacks.

Personal attacks on other commenters and personal attacks on the subject himself (in the case of Derek) are not helpful. Believe me there have been many times when I’ve wanted to curse people out but we have to understand that in an internet thread personal attacks are simply poison. They do not contribute to the overall conversation and they simply piss people off. We can comment as vigorously as we’d like on the subject at hand but please try to make the effort to avoid personal attacks. Thank you.

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