We think your comments are awesome, even when those comments point out that (occasionally, maybe) we ourselves haven’t been all that awesome. If you disagree with us, state your thesis and be prepared to defend it. As a lawyer, I bloody well love to debate, and I particularly like to finish a good debate with a drink between new friends. Disagreement need not be disagreeable, after all.
And if we screw up and make a factual mistake, please point out the error of our ways in a (polite) comment or email. You wouldn’t believe how much time we spend checking the particulars of some of our stories, but we really try to get things right and that takes some effort. We’ll look into it promptly, unless I’m stuck in court or on the highway in the middle of nowhere. And if we f-ed up, we’ll fix it.
We recently made a factual error in one of our posts, and a reader spotted it and made a strongly negative comment about it. The comment was filed under the name ‘anon’ which is totally fine with me. I’m one of the few people who has to comment under my own name (it’s my place, after all) and there are plenty of legitimate reasons to keep your real name away from the automatic spam-bots that scan every comment on every blog that’s ever been posted.
We amended the text and corrected our mistake. Problem solved.
I want to make it clear that our/my screwups are fair game: just keep the comments civil and give us a chance to fix what we’ve gotten wrong. If we really laid an egg, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get back to you personally. Just don’t use a phony email address; that’s a one-way ticket to the spam filter.
Thanks for reading, and thanks even more for your comments.
Chris Dumm, Editor