Now that I have identified some of the ways in which I've been hypocritical, it is time to begin making some changes.
- I'm going to make an effort not to look the other way when I see atheists doing things I consider damaging to our community or for which I would never give religious believers a pass.
- The "Idiot of the Week" series has been retired. While I will not delete all 124 posts tagged with this label over the years, I have dropped the tag and have no plans to use it again. Calling people juvenile names isn't the answer.
- I'm going to review some of the recent discussion about civility and tone in the atheist blogosphere to see if I can learn anything that will help me do better in this area. So far, I think that the position Larry Moran outlined here is a good one.
- It is important to me that people feel welcome here, and I am going to make a greater effort to facilitate that. I expect this will start with a review of the comment policy, which has not been revised since July of 2009.
These will not be the entirety of my efforts, but I think they are a good starting point.
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