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.

7 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.


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