We welcome comments from readers on posts, but you do so as guests in our private space. Concepts of ‘censorship’ are not applicable. If your comments are blatantly of a provoking or insulting nature, we will delete them and ban you from the site. The same goes for comments which are personally defamatory, insulting, or which seek to derail a thread through provocation of one kind or another. If your comments strike us as lacking any intellectual weight or irrelevant we may also delete them in the interests of keeping the conversation at a reasonable level. Polite requests for reconsideration of bans may be entertained, but commentators should remember their position as guests, and not seek to assert imagined “rights” to publication.

We are happy to accept pseudonymous comments, but we will not knowingly accept comments from sockpuppeteers (individuals using more than one id and thereby giving the impression that their comments originate from more that one person). The only exception to this that is acceptable is where a person who normally comments under their own name needs to comment anonymously for clear professional or personal reasons. Commentators should also normally provide a valid, working email address.

We respect the preference of many genuine commentators for pseudonymity and will protect their privacy. However, this respect entails an obligation to abide by the rules set out above. In cases of serious abuse, including those of racist abuse, serious defamation, or disruptive sockpuppeteering, we will, if appropriate, publish the identity of such abusers and share their information with other sites.

Thank you.