I just took down some of Photon’s comments policy and since I don’t have a working email address for him. I thought I would explain why. It has
nothing to do with his opinions. It was required by the site’s comment policy.
The Comments Policy stipulates that one commenter cannot occupy more than three of the home page links in the “What readers are saying” box. At one point his morning, Photob’s comments filled all seven links in the box.
This provision is designed to make sure that the diversity of debate on the site is represented in a prominent place on the home page. Having that box dominated by one comments gives a misleading impression of the site discussion.
Comments delayed because of this policy will be republished when republication does not result in a violation of the policy.
I should also say that John McAdams’ comments are subject to a 48 hour delay because he stated–falsely–that I had censored his comments. John knows this is not true. When he acknowledges to me that his accusation was false, the 48 hour delay will be lifted.
This also is required by site policy. This provision is designed to encourage civil behavior toward the owner of the site–me. It and has nothing to do with John’s opinions, which are welcome on the site and have never been censored.