Comment Policy

I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, and don’t much care how you express that. Although sometimes nothing gets the job done like a bit of profanity, I’m not keen on the really graphic stuff, and might delete or edit it. Respect your fellow commenters, please, and don’t direct racist, sexist or excessively crude remarks to them.  If you’re making an argument that something posted is inaccurate, substantiate your opinion with a link. If you get excited and wander from the subject, your material should be at least related to the subject. Introduction of material that is clearly spam will result in its deletion. By that I mean attempts to sell a product or promote religion, to use two examples I’ve seen that are extremely annoying. Disagreement with the moderator or other posters is not necessarily spam, situational contrasts used to draw a comparison are not necessarily spam and attempts to change the subject when you are unable to sustain your argument are not necessarily spam.

Note: Speaking of spam, a few comments thus far have gone straight into the spam filter, often those that include a lot of links. If your post doesn’t appear immediately (currently comments are not moderated), or if you get some cutesy warning like, “Oops! It looks as if you already said that!” when you try again, don’t despair. It’s probably in the filter, and I’ll see it eventually. When I do, if it’s not the most outrageously obvious spam, like that nutjob selling true religion jeans online, I’ll post it.

Another Note: So far, I have received two comments that were deleted from the filter. One was from a random jumble of letters and numbers. If you won’t tell me who you are, even if you’re using a pseudonym, it’s not happening; especially if the message is just a sales pitch. The other offered to sell me penis enlargement. Although The Penis made an impassioned argument in favour based on existing dimensions, he was overruled by The Brain and The Wife – who control The Wallet, and were not interested.

15 Responses to Comment Policy

  1. tirediron says:

    The alternative view – about time!

    • marknesop says:

      I daresay most new bloggers start out with a pretty lax comment policy, and then tighten it up as soon as someone persistently presents an argument they don’t like. That’s blogging as a bully pulpit, and I’ll ask people to remind me I didn’t intend to do it if it looks like I’m drifting that way. Thanks!

  2. Andre De Rijck says:


  3. kovane says:

    AJ, just out of curiosity, how old are you? Your posts simply emanate youthful maximalism…

    • marknesop says:

      And you don’t think you’re shading it a bit by claiming to be a Soviet-born Canadian citizen? How old were you when you arrived in Canada? Five minutes? The Soviet Union collapsed in December 1991.

  4. @marknesop. Hi Mark, I would like to talk to you about … no, not about penis enlargement)). Rather, about using/syndicating your blog, perhaps..? I would appreciate it if you could drop me a line at . Thanks

  5. Hello Mark, I am a big fan of your writing and want to ask you if you would consider contributing to a new news website about Russia on a paid basis. Could you possibly be in touch?

    • marknesop says:

      Hi, Charles; as long as there’s not a big fit over deadlines, since I don’t do this for a living, I’d be delighted. Any funds involved can be donated to a Russian charity.

  6. Fred Eidlin says:

    Hi, Mark. Here are links to my RIAS blog. You are welcome to add it to your blog roll if you find it appropriate. Fred


  7. Guy says:

    Dear Marc

    I kindly request that you delete all the comments I’ve made on this blog under this username, if it doesn’t inconvenience you to any extent. This include the ones with a nonsensical email and otherwise. if it’s possible to simply search through the comments made under this name then i would appreciate it, obviously i don’t expect to sift through previous conversations.

    Thank you and all the best.

    • marknesop says:

      Hi, Guy; I tried it and the word “Guy” is just too common – every conversation which features the word comes up. Searching via the email address you used brings up only this comment and no others.

      • Guy says:

        Mmm… it should be under this email address. At one point i just started using a random collection of letters in place of the email. Perhaps the email on this comment as well. .

        Sorry to bother you with this Mark but recently I’ve started to go about trying to wipe out as much of my “cyber footprint” as possible. I think it’s a good idea in this day and age.

        • marknesop says:

          Whew!! I found 27 comments under the first address, and 57 under this one. All gone now – to be frank, I hated to do it, because as I was reviewing them I found so many interesting conversations and so many educational assertions. All gone now, except this comment. I didn’t remember you being so prolific! Anyway, please do stay around, and if you feel yourself able to partake in conversation at any time in the future, you will be most welcome.

          Also, everyone should be aware that now there may be unaccountable ‘holes’ in certain threads where comments were taken out, so that replies have no context. But the comments were mostly in older posts anyway, we’ll just have to live with it.

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