Do you have a question about something you read in [sic] magazine? Would you like to offer constructive praise or criticism to one of our authors?
The comment section allows you, among other things, to ask the writers for clarification, offer counter-arguments, provide additional relevant information, and give your reasons for why you like a particular piece.
To leave a comment, fill out the fields at the bottom of any article for your name, email address (this will not appear publicly), optional Web address, and, of course, your comment.
The comment section also allows you to respond to the comments of other [sic] readers and the authors to respond to you. Just follow the “Reply to this comment” link beneath the statement to continue an existing discussion thread.
Please note that your comments will not post immediately so that the editors have a chance to moderate and filter spam messages.
Importance of dialog
One of our goals at [sic] is to promote dialog about the issues raised by our writers. To do this, we encourage readers to pose direct questions and criticisms. The “Reply to this comment” option in turn allows writers to address outstanding concerns, respond to criticism, provide clarifications, and issue corrections where needed.
Writing and criticism can be very cooperative undertakings. We believe that direct dialog between writers, readers and editors can play an important role in promoting accurate and responsible material. The curiosity and vigilance of perceptive, conscientious readers and the openness of writers are part of the vital error-correcting machinery that we all must support to make the Internet a place for safe and useful information.
Comment moderation and guidelines
In the interest of clarity and consistency the editors moderate the comments left on [sic]. We try our best not to edit the content of messages; however, we will silently correct some errors of spelling, standard English use and mechanics that may potentially obscure the meaning of your ideas for some readers. Where possible, we also try to provide hyperlinks to some potentially unfamiliar references; this, we believe, helps facilitate dialog and encourage the spread of clear and novel information.
As a courtesy to all users, we will also moderate comments to ensure they are constructive, relevant and respectful. All comments that clearly exhibit the signs of spam will be deleted and will not post. Comments that are only loosely topical and indicate the elements of flaming will be placed in a special comment archive separate from the articles. We do this because we believe that language that insults or harasses writers or other readers is an unnecessary obstruction to meaningful correspondence and a distraction from the issues raised by the articles. Completely non-topical or excessively tangential material will be excised from the posted comment and moved to the comment archive. We do this in an attempt to prevent confusion and clutter and, hopefully, to draw attention to more relevant comments below each article. The excision will be indicated with editorial marks.
Sharing our ideas and thinking them through are among the activities that most make us human and may be among our best tools for shaping a more humane world. We take our responsibility as providers of potentially useful information seriously and try our best to encourage the exchange of ideas for the enjoyment of as many people as possible.