The Reality-Based Community is updating its software, thanks to the expert help of Michael Spitzer at Spitzer Creative. We’re moving to the newest version of WordPress, and also changing hosting companies.
The url will remain the same, but the RSS feed is now:
The RSS will now send a link rather than the full post.
Notifications should continue to go out as usual.
The big improvement is that we are restoring the comments section. Our old software proved incapable of filtering out spam without filtering out everything, so the comments section quickly filled with advertisements for various mutually incompatible anatomical improvements. We decided not to go for registration, or one of those annoying “read the illegible letters” tests.
We also decided not to hold comments pending moderation. This was a close call. All of us know very sensible bloggers (including the amost pathologically polite and reasonable Kevin Drum) whose comments sections call for diagnosis rather than logical analysis, and none of us wants the RBC to move in that direction.
Every RBC poster will be in charge of policing his or her own commments, and may choose not to allow them at all. Speaking for myself, I plan to enforce a “play nice” rule: you can disagree, but the privilege of being disagreeable is reserved for the authors. I’ll be more sensitive to rudeness directed to other commenters than to rude remarks about public figures, but any comment containing the word “fascist” or “socialist” in other than the technical senses of those terms is likely to disappear.
Please don’t respond to trolling; if you spot it, send a note to me, and the troll will get zapped.
And please be maximally polite to those whose politely expressed views differ to the greatest extent from the RBC consensus. Remember, it’s very hard to learn anything importantly new listening to people you already agree with, so (sincere) dissenters are a protected species, and not to be molested.