PG received a suggestion that he post an occasional open thread.
For any who are not familiar with the term, an open thread is one in which any visitor can post a comment or question that invites responses from other visitors. You do that by clicking the Comments link to this post and typing your question or comment.
PG requests that posts and replies on the Open Thread conform to the Comment standards of TPV as expressed on the Comments page. These include:
The rules on comments are simple. You can disagree with me or others, but be reasonably civil and non-abusive. I’m a bit old-fashioned on language, but if you want to use asterisks or a substitute word, that solves my problem. I use a plugin that catches some language and inserts its own asterisks.
As is obvious, The Passive Voice is generally about writing, publishing and the people who do it. I’m not going to be a Nazi about on-topic, etc., but if you want to talk about investing in gold coins, your bargain-basement SEO consulting fees or enhanced sexual prowess, please take those conversations elsewhere.
If you’re an author, publisher, agent, etc., a low-key commercial announcement is OK from time to time, but don’t go crazy. I don’t mind relevant links in comments, but will zap comments and commenters that link to spam.
My spam filter catches zillions of spam comments each day. If you’re a spammer and somehow get through, I’ll send your comments to the Delta Quadrant and sic all the Nigerian princesses on you.
PG expects an open thread may be more wide-ranging than the comments on a particular post PG makes and doesn’t have any problems with that.
If you haven’t made a prior comment on TPV, the comment spam filter will hold your first comment for moderation. Once it’s approved, your subsequent comments should appear as soon as you submit them.