Blog rules

Procedure for posting comments:

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Email address – A real working, personal email address is required, so that we may contact you if needed.

Use your real name – We encourage that you post comments under your real name as discussions should be transparent and traceable.

Comment postings – Comments are pre-moderated before they appear.All postings are sent to the moderator through the form on the website. The moderator will judge the posting in terms of relevance for the discussion. This may result in posting your complete comment, or only the part considered relevant (cutting the irrelevant part; this will be indicated as such in the posting) or not posting your comment at all.

Content of your posting:

On topic – If your comment has little to do with the subject under discussion, it will not be posted; if parts of your comment are considered off-topic, these parts will be removed. This is at the discretion of the moderator.

Links – You may use links in your comments to substantiate your arguments, but not as arguments as such; i.e. always summarize or paraphrase the relevant part of the link you are referring to. Please limit yourself as much as possible in the use of links, since postings with numerous links are difficult to read and usually hamper the clarity of the arguments.

Institutions – This blog is about climate science and not the merits of institutions or organisations involved with this science. Comments on institutions or organizations should be limited to references to their reports or statements.

Basic science is taken as proven – This blog accepts the standard field of physics as proven. Arguments that depend on overturning standard physics, e.g. disproving quantum mechanics, are deemed not relevant, until such time as a significant part of the physics community has accepted that there is some merit to them.

Political affiliation – ideological and political background of participants in the climate debate, whether on Climate Dialogue or elsewhere, is considered not relevant. Please avoid references to political ideas or convictions – real or supposed.

Motivation – speculations on how and why various groups or individuals may or may not benefit financially from a particular point of view being true, false, falsely claimed to be true, etc. is deemed to be irrelevant.

Ad hominems – avoid using ad hominems (criticizing a person’s character, conduct, expertise or interests); they are detrimental to the discussion.

Incorrectly attributing ideas – Please cite or paraphrase comments by other discussants correctly and truthfully. When you claim someone said something and it is pointed out that you have made a mistake, please accept this, apologize and refrain from repeating this inaccuracy.