Since people new to this blog site are subscribing every week and others are jumping in now and then to comment, it’s well for me to remind everyone about the policies in force, the “net-iquette” to observe. (The site policy is stated under the “About me and this site” tab on the home page.)
Names: In polite conversation, people introduce themselves; they don’t hide behind masks or use phony monikers. So, on this site, I remind everyone, let’s observe normal social conventions. You know my name, so use yours. Sign your comments.
Decorum: Direct challenge (e.g., you’ve mis-read X, or haven’t noted Y, or misunderstand Z) is fair comment. That’s what scholars do all the time. It’s fair also to characterize someone’s position as crazy, ignorant, bizarre, tendentious, etc. But let’s avoid name-calling. And in particular let’s avoid accusations that comprise defamation. I’ve simply trashed a few comments of that kind recently, e.g., some arising over the “Jesus’ wife” fragment.
Bear in mind that things you put on the internet/web are “published”, and so liable to the laws of defamation. There’ve been some recent cases in the UK where people have been sued and/or prosecuted for Twitter comments and comments on blog sites. If I were to allow such a defamatory comment I could be liable as well. So, keep it within the law. Indeed, let’s try to do better than what the law requires.