Procedurally Taxing Comment Policy

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We think our work is better when we generate input from others. We have a diverse group of readers, from accounting and law practice, from the academy and also the government.  One of the reasons we solicit guest posts is to ensure the expression of differing views or at least differing perspectives. Involvement from others makes our site better.

We have recently revised our comment policy. If you want to comment on a post, you must identify yourself (using your first and last name) and register by including your email.  If you do not, we will not approve your comment. (Note we do not sell our subscriber list, and we have no paying sponsors).

Our thinking on this is animated by the idea that requiring accountability will enhance civility of discussion. It is backed up by some research; see an interesting New Yorker article by Maria Konnikova called the The Psychology of Online Comments which discusses the online disinhibition effect and the tendency for anonymous comments to cross the civility line.

In a comment, if you disagree with or intend to criticize someone (such as the poster, another commenter, a party or counsel in a case), you must do so in a respectful manner. If your comment is obnoxious, mean-spirited or violates our sense of decency we will not post your comment. While you have the right to say what you want, you do not have the right to say what you want on our blog.

Les, Keith and Stephen

About Leslie Book

Professor Book is a Professor of Law at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

Comment Policy: While we all have years of experience as practitioners and attorneys, and while Keith and Les have taught for many years, we think our work is better when we generate input from others. That is one of the reasons we solicit guest posts (and also because of the time it takes to write what we think are high quality posts). Involvement from others makes our site better. That is why we have kept our site open to comments.

If you want to make a public comment, you must identify yourself (using your first and last name) and register by including your email. If you do not, we will remove your comment. In a comment, if you disagree with or intend to criticize someone (such as the poster, another commenter, a party or counsel in a case), you must do so in a respectful manner. We reserve the right to delete comments. If your comment is obnoxious, mean-spirited or violates our sense of decency we will remove the comment. While you have the right to say what you want, you do not have the right to say what you want on our blog.

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