We invite comments on Circus Pony, hereinafter referred to as the ‘Site.’ Our readers may have valuable information to contribute to the Site. We must set a high standard for reader comments and involvement.
One important and positive aspect of a web site is the capability for readers to share what they think about a particular topic. A negative aspect is when those comments are off topic, worthless, juvenile, irrelevant, or self-promotional in nature. We, at our discretion, will not publish information we deem not to be a worthy addition to the Site’s content. Remember, it is our site and our content.
We do not publish anonymous comments. Put your name on your comments. There may be some value when commenters disguise their identities but that is outweighed by the tendency of anonymous commenters to push their own personal agenda and do not advance the discussion.
The Site is free to view and to comment where appropriate and where allowed. Comments are moderated. Spam and comments which, at our sole discretion, do not add value to the conversation, will be deleted.
Comments which contain personal attacks or question the motives, as opposed to the views, of others, will be deleted. If you think the Site or other commenters are wrong, feel free to say so and to argue why you think so. We welcome differing views, but not those that call people idiots, stupid, corrupt, or contend that they are taking positions because they are evil or immoral. You are free to say another commenter is wrong but you must state why. Personal attacks on other commenters or the Site will be deleted.
We also won’t allow comments containing allegedly factual claims that we know to be wrong, or which we simply lack the time or resources to verify. If you think something is evil or a cure all, put those theories to your own web site. The Site will delete comments that we consider racist, sexist, or derogatory to any religion, sexual orientation or ethnic group, or that we consider to be offensive.
All comments will be moderated before they are published. We may, at our discretion, delete comments after they are moderated and posted. Readers may flag specific commenters and comments for being in violation of our Comment Standards.
The Last Word
Finally, we reserve the right to ban from commenting anyone who violates the Site’s comment standards. That includes those whom we believe to be damaging the Site, or who creates a tone or atmosphere we consider inconsistent with the tone and atmosphere we want on the Site.