Rules for posting comments

Rules for posting comments on this site

Given the topic this site deals with, and the emotional responses that it appears to elicit among the faithful who may not find the content palatable, I am formulating some rules for posting comments.

  1. Offering advice: Pointing out deficiencies in the writing is generally acceptable, if done respectfully and without the intent to harass. Otherwise your advice will not be posted.
  2. We reserve the right to delete emotional, fanatical rants, fallacious arguments, comments posted out of the desire for a fight, etc. Rule of thumb- think before you leap, otherwise save your breath.
  3. Questions: Post questions as you like but in a respectful manner. They will be answered for sure. Questions should be related to the content although it is recognized that this may not always be possible.
  4. Attacking individuals: If you have a problem with an individual, keep it to yourself or express it to the person directly. Comments that are veiled, sarcastic or direct attacks on specific individuals will not be posted. You will get the benefit of doubt once. After that, you will be blocked.
  5. Replying with a tome- Some people like to post entire articles in response to my articles in trying to refute it. These will not be published. Break up your articles into *short* challenges in the form of questions and *only then* will they be published and only then will I respond to them. Do not attempt a lengthy back and forth to my replies, as I don’t have the time for it and your comments will be deleted.
  6. If you wish to post without addressing the substance of the article – such as inserting words into the acharyas’ mouths and presenting your own belief systems, your comments will not be published.
  7. If you feel the urge to debate, your comments will not be published unless you provide the original Sanskrit from these acharyas- Sri Jiva Goswami, Sri Visvanatha Cakravarti or Sri Baladeva, and provide your translation *without inserting your own extra words into it*.

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