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- Interact with other commenters, not just the article’s author(s).
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- Link to your own works that are related in an interesting way.
- Name-call or otherwise attack other people.
- Get offended when someone attacks your ideas.
- Expect to be taken seriously if you use the Bible as anything but an interesting piece of literary history.
- Make grandiose doomsday proclamations that others will “find out on Judgement Day” or make other pleas to special knowledge.
- Use salty language.
- Edit your comments up to 15 minutes after posting.
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