Posters of comments on this blog should expect us or other readers to respond. Thus, there should be no reasonable expectation that comments not be taken out of context, twisted, mangled, and abused. We do respect your right to anonymity though; feel free to post anonymously. We will not delete comments unless we deem them to be patently offensive or spam.
Beyond this, each member of Law, Legislation, and Lunacy can make their own policies on privacy.
When you send me an e-mail, I will make two assumptions: first, that you do not mind it being quoted. Second, that you wish to remain anonymous if quoted. It is your duty to state otherwise. I will not comment here on my employers, friends, or other non-bloggers without their express permission.
Same as Mike's but if I know you well enough to know you wouldn't mind, I'll use your name if you e-mail me and I want to post about the e-mail (as Mike found out).
Whenever possible, I will respect a user’s right to their own privacy in the form of anonymity (though I think we all understand that there is no such thing as true anonymity online). In other words, I won’t quote you. So feel free to send on your question or comment without fear of exposure. That said, messages that are offensive, threatening, or otherwise grossly inappropriate will be met with a very public response from me, up to and including “outing” you.
As concerns my life outside of the blog, I reserve that unto myself. Since Mr. Mills, Mr. Youngberg, and myself are old pals we’ll continue to share our secrets in barrooms and brothels together secretly when you’re not looking. Regretfully, you’re not invited.