My handle was originally coined by S.A. Barton in a gaming and comic shop conversation about an interest in things Lovecraftian many years ago, and has stuck ever since, horrifically infecting an unfortunate internet, and gaining a fair degree of notoriety even though I'm a relative no-name in the skeptical bloggosphere.
I'll treat all commentators with the same level of respect that they show in their own posts--trollery and troublemaking will get you in comment moderation or banned--defecating on this blog's online rug will not be permitted, as I have cats for that, thank you.
Ads, Giveaways, Reviews, and Product Promotions:I do periodic reviews or promotions, and sometimes giveaways, but I will only review, promote, or host giveaways on those things I'm interested in myself, and reviews may not necessarily be favorable, but I'll be as civil, forthright, and charitable as possible--No snark, no bull, no nonsense.
I have done product promotion on at least one of my blogs, and I'll make it perfectly clear if and when I stand to gain from any ad, promotion, giveaway, or review on any of my sites. Transparency and honesty are of the utmost importance here, so you WILL be informed and in no uncertain terms.
Commenting Guidelines:I believe in freedom of speech, but also in responsibility in commenting behavior, and in avoiding unnecessary legal entanglements resulting from abusive, illegal, obscene, or libelous commentary.
While you are free to criticize others in the comment threads of this and other of my sites, keep your language acceptable and the content legal and civil.
Links to objectionable websites are unacceptable except in the proper context of a discussion thread, and may be redacted.
Comments linking to sites of an illegal nature or containing threats of physical harm or verbal abuse of others will be deleted and the commentator permanently banned from posting on this site.
While I strive for presenting material on this site in as truthful a manner as possible, it is impossible for me to guarantee the complete factual accuracy of the material and at least some of it may be in error.
If this is the case, and you can point out to me the error, and a credible source, agreed on by both of us, that shows it, I shall happily correct the inaccuracy and give you credit for pointing it out to me in an entry mentioning and crediting you.
I have a low tolerance for trollery and asshattery. I reserve the right to use any comment posted on this site in a manner that may be comedic, illustrative, exemplary of some variety of silliness, informative, or otherwise enlightening or entertaining to other readers on this site.
You have been warned.
Note on Guest Posts, Reblogs, and Interviews:I'm the owner and the sole author on my WordPress blogs, my Blogger site, and my Tumblr page, and sometimes I'll reblog an item from another site I'm following or that catches my interest.
I also host guest posts on my blogs, as long as they pertain to the site's overall topic matter. This includes science fiction, fantasy fiction, science, scientific skepticism, fractals and fractal art, logic and argumentation, scientific literacy, books, logical literacy, pseudoscience and the paranormal, and philosophy.
As site owner, I hold the right to edit in an appropriate and forthright manner any guest post or interview submitted to this site or to decline to publish it for any reason.