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Gee, that sounds vaugly familiar. Seems we're not the only site getting hammered by pseudo science.October, 1 2009
Comments & Other Things new
Our loyal PhysOrg.com readers may have noticed that we have introduced a new guideline for comments and some other minor changes to the comments system. We are constantly working to improve the quality of our website which includes our readers valuable input.
Our 1,000 character limit for comments has raised concerns among some of our readers. Therefore, we have some explaining to do.
The comment section is what it is. It's not a space to propose new theories or propound thoughtfully considered personal research. Simply put, the comment section is not intended to be a substitute for an article. A reader can put a link to a well respected source in the comment section. Also, a reader may include a link from a science based article published on their website or blog. Another good reason for limiting comments is that long comments tend to 'hijack' the discussion. Lastly, "brevity is the soul of wit".
Another new feature is the use of a moderator for our comments section. If a staff member moderator finds that your comment violates the comments guidelines -- it will be removed and you will receive a PM from PhysOrg Support, stating a reason (e.g. POINTLESS VERBIAGE, OFF TOPIC) and a link to the removed comment. You are welcomed to fix your comment and post it again.
The new guidelines also address pseudoscience posts. This means any serious statement or claim that is not supported by a reference to the scientific literature or peer-review journal. As our erudite readers know there are a lot of 'white spots' in science, but making 'raw' statements is not acceptable. We support mainstream science. Linking to 'crackpot' sites is also prohibited.
Other strict policy concerns political and religious discussions. We want to maintain neutrality, thus, any political or religious statements will be deleted.
We challenge everyone to come up with comments that are thought-provoking and educational. As always, we encourage all of our readers to send us comments and ideas.