I’ve twice edited posts today, one that advocated killing Philip Zelikow and one that advocated using thermite, presumably against the “9/11 minders,” or perhaps the building they work in. It was not clear, and I don’t want to know.
Let me remind everyone of this caveat, published in the “About This Blog” page.
[T]he content providers who handle the material on this blog will not, repeat, will not tolerate personal attacks, ugly invective, spam, trolling, flame wars, commercial proselytizing, racial slurs, ethnic attacks, pornographic postings, advocacy of violence, or anything of that nature in the posts and comments. There will be no warnings except for this one. Posts and comments that violate this prohibition will be deleted without warning, and if users continue to attempt to post such material, they will be banned. Sorry, but there are a million flame pits on the Internet. This will not become one of those places. The proprietors and administrators of this blog are the final arbiters of what will and will not be allowed.
I’ve given edits and warnings instead of following my own guidelines and banning the two violators outright. Maybe that About page isn’t obvious enough. Maybe some people just don’t care what the guidelines are. So let me make this as clear as I can.
You are welcome to state your opinion. Whether I agree with it or not, or other Commons editors and contributors agree, is irrelevant. However, NO poster will be allowed to publish comments that advocate violence towards anyone or anything, period the end. No discussion, no appeals.
This makes two warnings. I do not intend to give a third. Please, conduct yourselves with that minimum amount of decorum and restraint.