Comments Policy

You may be wondering, why would this book review blog need a comments policy?

Because it’s also about Russia.

One of the main purposes of a book review is to foster constructive dialogue and discussion about the book in question with the audience, and that’s what I will try to do in mine. That being said, I’m well aware that Russia is a very polarizing subject – it was before the Ukraine crisis ignited back in 2014, and it’s even more so now. Take a look at comments on a Russia-related article or a Russia discussion on Twitter and you’ll see how quickly things can descend into a shouting match between “pro-” and “anti-” Russian sides. This comments policy should help minimize the occurrence of such arguments.

  1. Please stay on topic! This is primarily a book review blog, so try to stay focused on the book and its contents/argument when commenting. Questioning or arguing the contents of the book is welcomed.
  2. Please keep profanity to a minimum. Comments with excessive profane language, offensive concepts, or offensive images will be deleted.
  3. Comments deemed to be spam or questionable will be deleted. It’s okay to include a link to outside content, but comments should be relevant to the post topic.
  4. No ad hominem or individual attacks on the blog owner or individual commenters.  It is fine if you disagree with another commenter’s argument, but be sure to support your opinion with evidence. Personal attack comments will be deleted.
  5. I as the blog owner reserve the right to edit or delete any comments submitted to this blog without notice. This comments policy is subject to change at any time.
  6. Anyone who violates the comments policy may be blocked from commenting on the blog.

Hopefully, I won’t have to enforce this comments policy very often, and there will be many fruitful book discussions. But here it is.

Side note: If you write a long comment (or one with more than three links) and it doesn’t appear with the rest, it likely got caught in the spam filter. You might have to wait a few minutes for me to approve it manually.