Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Comments Policy

While most philosophy blogs have adopted stricter comments policies in the last year or so, until today I have tried to resist the trend here at IOAT. Unfortunately, as of today, I have decided that comments moderation is the way to go after all.

The plan is to publish most comments from people who sign their comments and provide a valid URL of their academic homepage unless they fail to meet the standards all contributions to a healthy debate should meet. The bar will be significantly higher for anonymous and pseudonymous commenters.
Please note that I have no intention of using this as a tool for censoring comments I do not agree with insofar as they meet the above-mentioned standards. In fact, please note that my approving a comment for publication does not in any way imply that I agree with the comment in question.

If other contributors to this blog want to adopt a different comments policy for some or all of their posts, please do let me know by e-mail.

I am really sorry it had to come to this but I'm just tired of dealing with trolls of all shapes and sizes.


  1. What about those who do not have an academic website (like me)?

  2. Hi John,

    1) As far as I am concerned you do have an academic website

    2) Having an academic website is not a precondition for commenting. It's that if you provide the URL for an academic website (containing your contact details (so that I can contact you if I have any concerns or questions)) it is much more likely that your comment will be approved for publication.

  3. I was unaware of this website. My own site:

    which tries to link philosophy of science, experiment, statistics, induction and modeling to the work of statistical practitioners might be of interest to this site. We have some ongoing exchanges with philosophically-minded statisticians and modelers. I'd be glad to get some interested philosophers of science involved. (We move through topics (interspersed with msc), and one down the line, after a couple of others, will be formal epistemology.)


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