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GeoCurrents Comments Policy

GeoCurrents often considers controversial issues, but it strives to do so in an impartial manner. We try to stay as close as possible to an empirical basis. If you think that our facts are wrong, please give us your corrections. (Although we might respectfully argue with you—facts are often slippery.) If you think that our interpretations are incorrect, or that we have taken only one side of a two-sided issue, feel free to let us know. The blog is meant to increase knowledge of the world—ours more than anyone’s. The more we are corrected, the more we learn. In fact, the blog’s most elaborate creation, the Linguistic Map of the Caucasus, has gone through several rounds of crowd-editing.

Comments, corrections, and criticism from informed readers are thus always welcome, but that does not mean that anything goes. This is not a forum for political advocacy or ideological statements. We are interested in the specifics of the situation at hand, not in overarching theories or moral positioning. If we have offended your heartfelt beliefs, please do not respond with a discourse on the greatness of your people or your cause and the perfidy of others. And for all comments, please try to be brief. Two hundred and fifty words is a good upper limit—most readers ignore longer responses. Most important, be nice and keep it clean. Profane language used in anger or contempt will be immediately scrubbed. Comments with purposefully inflammatory or insulting language are also subject to deletion.

On too many websites, commentary sections deteriorate into insult exchanges. Admittedly, such forums can be diverting and even amusing, but they are almost never instructive. When abusive words fly, learning comes to an end, defeating the purpose of GeoCurrents.

Please note that our general policy is to respond to comments on recent posts (those placed on the blog within the previous two weeks). Although we read and appreciate comments on earlier posts, we will not respond, due simply to time limitations. Posts older than one year are closed for comments. Please use “Contact Us” page to send us messages that are not directly relevant to a particular post.