I will repeat them, separately, here, with some updates:
1) I do not and will not answer legal questions. I am an investigative citizen journalist on legal issues, not a practicing attorney.
2) I always verify people's stories, through questions to them, and through requests for supporting records.
If you are not willing to answer my verification questions or provide verification records, I will not publish your story.
Nice comments are very much appreciated, and I am grateful for your readership.
Nasty comments, especially from government employees or officials, posting anonymously, reveal the extent my blogs hit home, see my policies about harassment and identity of harassers.
4) As to critical comments, I appreciate respectful, well-reasoned and well-founded criticism, and will react to well-founded, well-reasoned and respectful criticism in kind.
5) I always answer all non-duplicative comments.
6) I will always delete advertisements posted as comments.
7) I reserve my right to delete comments containing foul language, but usually I do not do that, keeping such comments, prominently, as evidence.
- reveal their identity,
- specify what, how and why I said wrong, and
- provide evidence that what I said was wrong,
11) I do not and will not honor anonymity of people who are harassing me in relation to this blog, and I reserve my right to pursue all legal remedies against such people.
12) I respect all of my readers by default.
13) My respect ends when readers become disrespectful to me, and that especially concerns
- disrespectful anonymous commentators;
- anonymous commentators whose criticism is blanket and not specific;
- who provide no proof or grounds as to why their point of view is right other than derogatory language towards me;
- who make personal attacks based on my ethnicity, being a Russian American, having an accent, not being a native speaker of English, my family status, religious status
15) I will not pledge to anyone, for any reason, as to
- when, and/or
- in what way
16) If anybody reports their public records-case to me, and discloses private information that is not part of that public record or of any other public record, I will not disclose that particular private information, for as long as it remains private and not disclosed in any public records or in any other ways, publicly, without the disclosing person's consent, if the disclosing person asked me not to disclose the private information.
That said, I will continue to do what I have come to enjoy doing - investigative legal journalism.
17) I accept suggestions to change these policies, but will reserve my own decisions as to whether I will accept them and implement changes.
I believe, these policies are fair.
Thank you for your readership.