August 18, 2012

Reducing My Hypocrisy


Now that I have identified some of the ways in which I've been hypocritical, it is time to begin making some changes.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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