I want you and everyone else to feel at home when you post a comment on this blog.

The No. 1 house rule is simple: Don’t be a jerk.

Here’s what I like to see in comments:

  • Weigh in with smart, informed ideas that contribute further to the article.

  • Provide useful, constructive criticism. Spot a typo or an error? Let me know and I will correct it.

  • Demonstrate and share the intelligence, wisdom, and humor you possess.

  • Don’t feed the trolls.

Although I can’t be everywhere at once, here are some of the kinds of comments I am going to do my best to curtail:

  • Promoting your own brand, product, or blog.

  • Impersonating authors or other commenters.

  • Comments that make it clear you didn’t read the article.

  • Comments that are completely out of left field.

  • Threats, personal attack — no matter how vague — against me or other commenters.

  • Racism, sexism, homophobia, you get the drift.

  • Trolling.

Thank You for reading.