We want “Animal” to be a forum for conversation. Because of that, we encourage readers to comment on our posts. However, because we know that the abstraction and anonymity of online spaces can sometimes foster antipathy of various kinds, our editors will also be managing comments. We want to do this in order to create a culture of intellectual rigor where ideas and assumptions are the object of critique, and where disagreements, when they occur, are respectful.
What this means, practically speaking, is that the first time you comment on “Animal”, your post will have to be directly approved by an editor. The editors will also continue to keep an eye on developing conversations to make sure that they’re in line with our policies. This may mean that the occasional comment will be deleted as we continue to cultivate and develop this social space.