Like many but not all feminist blogs, and unlike many but not all geek blogs, we here at Geek Feminism have a comment policy which intending commenters should read: comments that don’t adhere to this policy may not be approved, or they may be edited or deleted as necessary.
We’d like to specifically point out that unacceptable comments include those that “add nothing to the conversation” and when we say “the conversation” we mean a geek feminist conversation.
Providing an exhaustive list of ways not to add anything to the conversation rather defeats the point of the policy (comment policy discussions are prone to rules-lawyering), but one specific example we’d like to be clear about is apologist comments, especially from people who on the periphery of a particular incident: “that wasn’t sexist”, “you can’t be certain that was sexist”, “that was sexist but he didn’t mean to be”, “that was sexist but not bad enough for a blog post” etc etc. We tend to allow a limited number of these comments, but let me assure you, we receive enough of them for each incident that approving them all would mean that our conversation would not be remotely geek feminist.
Apologist comments are therefore likely to be deleted, or to not be approved in the first place, especially but not exclusively where some have already appeared on a post, and where new comments coming in appear to repeat the same points. If you would like to comment along these lines, we advise you to make a blog post on your own blog instead. We accept trackbacks and will generally not delete them when they disagree with us unless the post they point to is actively creepy and triggering.
For our feminist readers: we are interested in hearing if you feel the policy or the application of it is making you feel unsafe or unable to have geek feminist discussions.
Note that comments on this post are themselves subject to the comments policy.