Comment Policy

Thank you for coming to my website. Please comment on whatever posts you like.

In general I try to respond, but:

1. I will not comment extensively to anonymous responses. It is a violation of journalistic and academic ethics to debate someone anonymously. I will not be pulled into long conversations with an unknown party. Post your full name and website, so that I know who you are (with some kind of verifiable credentials), and I will take your comments much more seriously.

2. Be polite. Don’t be rude, ad hominem, or excessively familiar. I don’t respond to hate-mail, so don’t waste your time. Please don’t call me by my first name, especially if we’ve never meet, or if you are posting anonymously. I don’t obsess about being called ‘Dr.,’ but I find it genuinely bizarre when people I’ve never met before call me ‘Bob.’ If you call yourself something like ‘Joe from Seoul,’ that is effectively anonymous too.

3. If you are excessively antagonistic, combative, sharp, and so on, I will not bother responding. Again, this applies especially if you are an unknown quality. I have long email chains with my professional colleagues who are known to me and civil. If you anonymously provoke me, I’ll drop you.

4. Threats, hate-speech, racism, harassment, and so on will be spam-deleted. I believe strongly in the market place of ideas, so I rarely delete comments. But if you’re out of control and violent, you’re gone.

5. You should pretty much agree with everything I say. That’s the best policy in life.

17 thoughts on “Comment Policy

  1. China and Russia put the blame on some screwed up experiments of US for the earthquake that happened in Haiti.
    Chinese and Russian Military scientists, these reports say, are concurring with Canadian researcher, and former Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief of Forbes Magazine, Benjamin Fulford, who in a very disturbing video released from his Japanese offices to the American public, details how the United States attacked China by the firing of a 90 Million Volt Shockwave from the Americans High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facilities in Alaska
    If we can recollect a previous news when US blamed Russia for the earthquake in Georgio. What do you guys think? Is it really possible to create an earthquake by humans?
    I came across this article about Haiti Earthquake in some blog it seems very interesting, but conspiracy theories have always been there.

  2. Hello, Professor Kelly. I ran into this great blog you are running after reading articles about Korea. I am a Korean myself and I am very interested and read a lot about it as I have just said. But, I wanted to take my knowledge to the next level and I think your posts are another great source for my self study. Is this website for everyone or for students you teach? I’ve only started college this year, taking gen. ed courses, and my major is not even in political science, international relations or East Asian studies. But, do you have certain standards for who get to reply on articles to share their opinion?
    Even if I can’t comment, I would certainly be glad to follow up on your entries. Thank you!

    • Hello,

      Yes, you are of course welcome to post whatever comments you like. I do not filter comments unless I absolutely have to – excessively profane or threatening – but that is rare. So please say whatever you like, although I do not always respond.

      Please just recall the rules above. If commenters are rude, excessively antagonistic, flippant, and so on, then I just drop out of the discussion.

      Thank you for coming to the site.

      rek

  3. Robert, I never knew who you were until today when I watched your interview on TV. I must say that your children are adorable and the nanny sliding in through the doorway and reaching up to the handle to close the door gave me the best laugh I have had in weeks! Honestly, you are now famous in my family!

    Warmly,
    Grace

  4. I imagine you are mortified about the kids walking in on the CNN/BBC interview… but it was the best thing that could have happened to show how REAL … REAL PEOPLE ARE… your child and family HUMANIZED news in a matter of seconds reminding us of the most important parts of life… YES the world around us… global concerns… but also the life we make right under our noses. We can be intelligent, impressive and exceptional… yet we are all human with real lives. I respect you even more now.

  5. Your CNN/BBC interview is pure magic! Wives around the world are begging you to please oh please post a You Tube video interview with your wife where she explains exactly what happened in the seconds prior to the moment the kids entered your office! I haven’t laughed so hard in my entire life.

  6. Pure magic is right. Add me to one of the millions around the globe whose enjoyed that glimpse of real life as so many of us live it. What a couple of of adorable kids. You must be so proud.
    The way you handled it credits yourself.
    Thank you.

  7. Thank you for making me laugh! As a working parent, I can so relate to your BBC interview interruption. I loved how your daughter came into the room like she probably does dozens of times a day. So cute!! The little guy following her as the younger siblings do. Priceless!

    • That was a great video!! Just a quick question though, did you punish the nanny when you were done with the interview? She looked and acted in such a terrified manner, she must have been scared to death that she might be fired or something… hope this doesn’t happen..

  8. Good evening. Did you study at Munich University around 1992-3 and live in the Olympic Village? I think that I met you there. I was over from England on my “year out” with 2 other students. Regards, Charlotte

  9. Hi Dr. Kelly, I am extremely impressed by your article on North Korean’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. I don’t know if I agree with Russia and China responding militaristically. China is now, playing to the same tune as the US. China is focused on building up their military to protect their interests from US aggression. The US will not allow NK to go nuclear. That’s one of the reason why their militarizing the South China Sea – rapid mobilization on the Korean Peninsula if this does happen. North Korean is trying desperately to get within direct strike range of the US mainland. China is not happy at all with the US stationing the THAAD in South Korea, neither is China. Right now, the US is running military drills on the Peninsula, this is the show NK whose boss! China and Russia, I don’t think would attack NK. Russia may station troops and military equipment in NK to offset US dominance in the region, and to aid an ally. China should really step in to stop this, but probably won’t.

  10. Hi Dr. Kelly, I am extremely impressed by your article on North Korean’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. I don’t know if I agree with Russia and China responding militaristically. China is now, playing to the same tune as the US. China is focused on building up their military to protect their interests from US aggression. The US will not allow NK to go nuclear. That’s one of the reason why their militarizing the South China Sea – rapid mobilization on the Korean Peninsula if this does happen. North Korean is trying desperately to get within direct strike range of the US mainland. China is not happy at all with the US stationing the THAAD in South Korea, neither is China. Right now, the US is running military drills on the Peninsula, this is the show NK whose boss! China and Russia, I don’t think would attack NK. Russia may station troops and military equipment in NK to offset US dominance in the region, and to aid an ally. China should really step in to stop this, but probably won’t.

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