AusVotes 2019

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AusVotes 2019 writers love to discuss their posts with readers who leave great comments and enjoy respectful debate. This comments policy describes what disrespectful debate looks like so that you can avoid it.

Please keep in mind that all comments are subject to moderation, and comments that do not abide by this policy will be deleted or edited at our discretion.

If you are a first time commenter on this blog, your comment will not appear automatically as it will be held in moderation until it is approved.

Unacceptable comments include but may not be limited to:

  • Off-topic general political remarks such as denunciations of political parties, ideologies or politicians.
  • Vexatious and purely abusive comments.
  • Excessively frequent comments, where the effect of such comments is to discourage the participation of others or turn a debate around into one about themselves.
  • Excessively long comments, which break up the give and take of discourse. Please post such screeds on your own blog and post a summary in comments with a link to your own post. Rule of thumb: think hard before adding a fourth paragraph to your comment – rewrite it for brevity and clarity.
  • Imputing ideas or motives to others or stereotyping them because of perceived group membership or ideological affiliation.
  • Consistently repeated and aggressively stated opinions that fail to engage with others is regarded as a form of trolling.
  • Comments which are designed to derail threads.

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