Comments policy

This is largely a technical blog, and I welcome questions and comments on the technical matters explored here. A wide range of comments are most welcome:

  • questions seeking to better understand what I have done or why I approached a problem in a particular manner
  • comments on the technical elements of posts - we all learn from testing our ideas with others
  • suggestions for new modes of analysis - I am always keen to explore new ways for slicing and dicing the data
  • pointers to the ways in which others have tackled the matter explored in the blog - I am keen to see whether the analysis of others is consistent or inconsistent with the approach I have taken
  • factual and mathematical corrections - I make mistakes from time-to-time and sometimes I just get things plain wrong. I am happy to make corrections when I become aware of my errors
  • well argued and informed disagreement - don't just tell me that I am wrong, explain why I am wrong and what I need to do to fix things

If you chose to make a comment, you are expected to:

  • write clearly and concisely
  • be civil and courteous to others
  • be positive and constructive in your approach
  • be on topic to the post where you are commenting
  • make comments in good faith without the intent to deceive
  • refrain from repetition, sloganeering and dogpiling
  • refrain from offensive language (such as swearing, racism, sexism, antisemitism and homophobia)
  • refrain from offensive behaviour (such as personal attacks, bullying, harassment, trolling and cyber stalking) 

Please note: this is not a forum for punditry or argument. It is not a site for the opinions of professional political commentators nor the bile of party hacks. I am not interested in flame wars. Astroturfers, cut-and-paste merchants and spammers are particularly unwelcome. Go elsewhere if you want to discuss:

  • your views on who will win the next election
  • the meaning behind latest random movement in the opinion polls
  • the latest (alleged) scandal
  • which person or party has the best or worst policy
  • the latest leadership speculation, or
  • the (alleged) strengths or weaknesses of individual politicians

If you need to go elsewhere, some sites that welcome a broader discussion of Australian politics include the Poll Bludger and to a lesser extent Mumble.

Any comment that breaches this policy will be deleted. No correspondence will be entered into. Repeat offenders (including their sock puppets) will be banned from comments.

If the comments policy is consistently breached, the comments facility will be turned off.