• Site policies

    This page describes all site policies: those pertaining to comments, disclosures and advertising, privacy, and reuse.


    By default no comments will be accepted on posts. However, we may allow comments on selected posts. When we do so, comments will only be open for one week, and the following policy applies:

    All comments must be approved by an administrator before they appear.

    Relevant and polite comments are welcome. Others, not so much. Above all, there is a comments length requirement. If your comment is longer than this one, which is about 250 words (approximately three inches on our admin screens), it may be deleted independent of its content. Related, a high volume of comments from the same individual (which amounts to the same thing as fewer, longer comments) slows down moderation.

    Comments that include inappropriate content will be not be approved. Inappropriate content includes that which is rude, vulgar, ad hominem, belligerent, unreasonably argumentative, or otherwise irrelevant or includes links to sites that meet the same description. Spam will not be accepted. Interpretations of all subjective words in the prior sentences (“rude,” “vulgar,” etc.) are those of the administrators.

    This is an evidence-based blog, so we strongly encourage citations to support any claims that are not obviously true. Administrators may not approve comments from individuals who post suspect assertions without credible evidence. (Credible evidence is not a link to someone else making the same unsubstantiated assertion.)

    Individuals who submit comments that cannot be approved for the reasons given above may find subsequent comments blocked as well, independent of content. Submitting the same comment multiple times could lead to revocation of comment privileges as well. A big reason comments are blocked is described in greater detail here.

    By submitting your comment you grant site administrators all copyrights with regard to its content. You may make inquiries about possibly blocked or potentially lost comments by following these procedures.

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    Disclosures and Advertising

    Disclosures. Most things reviewed, endorsed, or suggested on this blog are either free to everyone or purchased by the reviewer at the normal market price. On the rare occasion a gifted or complementary product is reviewed that fact will be disclosed explicitly in the review.

    Advertising. This blog does not accept paid advertising.

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    The privacy of visitors to The Incidental Economist is important. Here is information on what types of personal information is received or collected when you use or visit the site and how the information is safeguarded. Your information is never sold to third parties.

    E-Mail Addresses. The WordPress blog software used requires an e-mail address when you add a comment to a blog post. It does not have to be a real e-mail address unless you want to use the “notify me of followup comments via e-mail” feature. Please use anon@example.com if you don’t want to enter your real e-mail address. Whether you enter your real e-mail address or not, it will not be published. Your e-mail address will not be used for marketing and it will not be disclosed to any third party unless required by law.

    When you subscribe to blog updates by e-mail using the service provided by Feedburner, or when you contact The Incidental Economist using the contact form, site administrators can see your e-mail address. It will not be used for marketing and will not be disclosed to any third party unless required by law.

    Web Analytics Data. As with most other web sites, The Incidental Economist site collects and uses data from third-party web analytics services. The information provided by the web analytics services includes your IP address, your ISP (Internet Service Provider, such as Verizon or Cox Cable), the browser you used to visit the site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited the site and which pages you visited throughout the site. This is not personally identifiable information.

    Cookies and Web Beacons. The site uses cookies to store information, such as your personal preferences when you visit the site. This could include remembering the information you entered last time when you add a new comment.

    This site also uses third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. This is generally used for geo-targeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).

    Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on this site. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to you based on your visit to this site and other sites on the Internet. You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting Google’s privacy center.

    You can choose to disable or selectively turn off cookies from this site or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security.

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    Original material in a post (including comments to that post) on this site is under copyright © of the author. Anyone may reuse portions of a post — a chart and/or a text excerpt, but not the entirety — that appears on this site provided (s)he (1) does not alter the material quoted and (2) attributes the use by hyper-linking to the URL on this site where it originally appeared (for online reuse) or printing the blog’s name, “The Incidental Economist,” (for print reuse) and (in either online or print reuse) citing the post’s author by full name as it appears in the by-line. Permission for use in any other manner must be obtained from the post’s author.

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