The rules are simple- common courtesy applies. Readers are asked to refrain from being rude or hostile. The system is able to limit extreme profanity, and users are asked to participate and comment using the same conduct that they might use among friends. We do want a lively debate, so strong opinions are encouraged. We do believe though, that strong opinions can be expressed without hostility, rudeness or profanity.
In general, all comments will be approved, with the exception of obvious spam and openly hostile or profane comments as described above, or comments encouraging illegal activity.