Here’s the part where I sound harsh. Sorry. These are as minimally intrusive as I can make them. Most of you wonderful, pleasant, polite people probably don’t even need to look them over. I want to talk to you. I respond personally to about 95% of the comments I publish. I particularly want to hear from you if I didn’t explain something well enough. Ask away! Let’s talk.
Guidelines, for “Them as Needs Them”
- No name calling or cursing at others. (Casual curse words for emphasis of a point are OK in moderation.) The one time I have ever used the “f-word” I gave a heads up at the beginning of the post. In general, I limit my colorful language to the level of “damn,” “ass,” and “crap.” And of course, kiddie-style references to elimination, like any normal dog owner!
- If you speak in favor of using an aversive, I may or may not publish your comment. If I do so, it will be for purposes of clarifying things to other readers and your comment will come with a counter response from me.
- Please avoid acronyms, jargon, and made-up expressions that are unique to marketed protocols or have the effect of masking an aversive. For instance, don’t call a shock from a shock collar a “stim” or a “tap” and expect not to be called on it. When discussing learning theory, please use accepted terminology, such as could be found in a basic textbook. (If you don’t know the terminology, fine; say so and we’ll investigate it together.)
- Take care with self- and product promotion. If I find value and relevance, I may publish it. If I don’t, I’ll probably delete it, or possibly publish a critique.
- Also, on the topic of promotion, if it becomes obvious that you are asking questions only in order to throw in references to a pet method or protocol or person, I will stop the dialogue.
- I don’t take kindly to condescension or rudeness, aimed at me or other readers, or argument that is clearly not aimed at gaining further information, i.e., if you don’t show signs of being willing to listen to anyone else or consider evidence.
- My time is my own. Often I have a choice between answering comments and writing another post. I’d prefer the latter. If your comments waste my time, I will tend to stop responding and/or close comments completely.
Thanks and let’s have a nice time discussing. I never realized until I started to blog how important hearing back from readers was. It is the main form of feedback we get; without it, we often feel like we are talking to outer space. So thanks in advance for talking to me!