Comments Policy

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

This is the comments policy for this blog. Read ye, and obey ye.

Rule 1: Feel free to disagree

*Debate between people of differing views is one of the cornerstones of a functioning democracy. I love it. If you have a different view, share it!

Rule 2: Stay polite***

****This blog is the virtual equivalent of my front room. If somebody stood in my house being rude to my guests or I, I would ask them to leave. Same applies here. You can have different opinions from somebody else but still treat them with respect. That’s the rule here. If you can’t cope with this, come back when you’ve learned some basic manners.

Rule 3: No spam***

****This site does not accept unsolicited commercial comments or trackbacks. They will be deleted and you will be blacklisted.

Rule 4: Read to understand***

****This is a real hot button issue for me. Too many people see that person �a� has a view which is shared by political group �b�, and therefore assume person �a� believes everything political group �b� stands for. This is arrant nonsense. Believe it or not, we’re all grown-ups here, and we don’t have to be in someone’s gang in the playground to feel socially secure.

Rule 5: Read with respect*

Just having a different view from you doesn’t make somebody a bad person or an idiot. In fact, assuming that just makes you a narrow-minded individual who is closing yourself to the richness of possible debate. I refer you back to Rule 1, of which this is just a special case, but one that bears repeating.

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.