Praetorian Style Guide, Copyright, Submitting Content

  • Summary:
    • You are welcome to comment here, and even to say all manner of  things you want to about what we and others say. However, you may not engage in any of what I have called: “CoMIRSUS(LiMiR)MOMOPE” Pronounced: “ko-MER-sus-lie-mur-mo-mope,” it’s an acronym for: “Contains Mindless Insult(s), Racial Slur(s), Unknowable Speculation (Like Mind Reading), Misstatement OMeaning, or Other Pointless Element.” Please note: the phrase above: “You are welcome … to say all manner of things you want about what we and others say…” does not represent carte blanche simply to do drive-by snark-fests on what is said here either. If you are going to come here and say something like “What you said is stupid and wrong,” and leave it at that, we will edit that out. You will need to add a substantive reason that does not represent any CoMIRSUS(LiMiR)MOMOPE. Please Note: Under the heading of “Other Pointless Element,” you can read:
      • Dirty words. (the usual ones)
      • Actual swearing.
      • Offensive words.
      • Unsupported assertions and the like.
      • Others as we discover them.
  • When you compose content for our blog, please try to do it with the idea that a 12-year old boy (my son) might read it. Please choose your language, photographs, and any other items accordingly. I will delete inappropriate content, leaving in a marker indicating why the offending content was removed. I will not censor your thoughts, or your ideas, or your perorations, appropriately expressed, in any way.
  • General Grammar Statement: We try to use correct grammar here. Our editors will approach you with suggested changes to your proposed content if needed. These changes will correct only grammar errors, and will not change the meaning of your text.
    • With this said, if you wish to write ungrammatically to achieve some effect or other, we encourage this as well.
  • Pronouns:  We avoid, as much as possible, the hideous “he or she” and we try never to use the atrocious “they” when speaking of a single unidentified, generic person. To a man ( 🙂 ) we find the gymnastics writers use to coddle the various grievance groups “out there” are execrable, and we strive to stay far away from them. If the subject being referred to is an unidentified person who could be of either sex, use “he.”
  • Cheap shots directed at prominent public officials: We tolerate, even encourage, direct, strong, attacks against the character, honesty or integrity of well-known public officials. If merited. If you want to call Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi or some such, a blithering idiot, have at it. Presumably your essay will back up your assertion. Shouldn’t be too difficult.
  • Cheap shots directed at interlocutors in on-line debates: However, if you are engaged in something like an on-line debate with a leftist, you must adhere to certain rules of decorum.

Important Notes: Yes, as Conservatives, we are painfully aware of all the lies, slander, libel and fabricated, inflammatory accusations, insults and labels constantly directed at us in order to deflect the discussion away from weak leftist arguments. Furthermore, we Conservatives are painfully aware that the cheap shot is the stock-in-trade of the leftist argument. Therefore, we have decided that to remove the cheap shot from our arsenal, while our leftist interlocutors continue to employ — indeed to depend on — it, would be foolish. With that said, we insist that you adhere to strict guidelines in the use of the cheap shot in the context of an on-line debate with a leftist:

    • If you are going to use cheap shots, it must be in response to a cheap shot directed at you. You may not be the first to use a cheap shot.
    • You must call the perpetrator on the offense, then warn him that you will use it too if he doesn’t apologize and desist. Something on the order of this: “You started with the baseless cheap shots; I will allow you to apologize for your moronic comment, but if you keep up the garbage accusations, I will respond in kind. Please stay on topic, and refrain from infantile insults.” The point: (1) call them on it, (2) deride it, (3) warn that you might use the tactic as well.
    • When you need to use it — after proper warning — make it devastating.  If they accuse you of “x,” then mock them and accuse them of “x times 10.” Then mock them for their accusation. Something on the order of: “You called me a racist? Well, since you feel it’s permissible to do baseless, inflammatory name-calling, have you stopped molesting small children yet? See how slack-jawed, droolingly stupid you sounded with your moronic name-calling? Now cut it out and grow up.”
    • Please note: Since one can be fairly confident that any given leftist will resort quickly to the cheap shot — they run out of substance very quickly —  we encourage you to warn them away from the tactic before they use it.
    • However, if your interlocutor does not engage in cheap shots, you may not. If you do, your content will be rejected outright. We will give you the opportunity to revise or remove the offensive passages.
  • Resolving Disagreements: 
    • We reserve the right to reject any content for any reason whatsoever. Furthermore, we reserve the right not to explain why we are rejecting said content. However, we will always make a good faith effort to resolve content disagreements in an open and transparent way.
    • In the event that you and we cannot arrive at an agreement regarding your content, we will “return your content to you,” by deleting it from our computers.
  • Submitting Content To The Praetorian Writers’ Group:
    • Anonymity is very important to us. We protect ourselves with layers of very high-tech, as well as low-tech, protection. If you wish to submit material, and you wish to remain anonymous, you may contact us via e-mail at ag.player@yahoo.com. Note: the person who monitors this e-mail address is not a member of our writers’ stable. He serves only as a go-between.
    • When you compose content for our blog, please try to do it with the idea that a 12-year old boy might read it. Please choose your language, photographs, and other items with that in mind. I will delete inappropriate content, leaving in a marker indicating why the offending content was removed. I will not censor your thoughts, or your ideas, or your perorations, appropriately expressed, in any way.

Important Note: This guide is a work-in-progress. Check back often for updates and revisions.

— The Praetorian Writers’ Group

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