As we settle into our new blogging digs and, apparently, attract somewhat livelier comment threads, now feels like a good time to review who we are and what rules govern posts and comments on this blog, both so that readers can better understand what goes on here and so that commenters can better participate.
The U.S. Intellectual History Blog currently has seven bloggers, each of whom has a day on which she or he regularly blogs: Andrew Hartman (Tuesday), Lauren Kientz Anderson (Wednesday), Tim Lacy (Thursday), Ray Haberski (Friday), L.D. Burnett (Saturday), Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn (Sunday), and me, Ben Alpers (Monday).* I also serve as the Editor of the blog, a position that is appointed by the Publications Committee of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History (S-USIH), which currently consists of L.D. Burnett (Chair), Mary-Ellen Lennon, and myself. The Chair of the PubComm, which is an elected position, is, in turn, a member of the Executive Committee of the Society. More information about the bloggers can be found at the “Meet the USIH Bloggers” tab on the right. More information about S-USIH can be found at the “About Us” tab above.
Our seven regular bloggers are free to post whatever they want, so long as it does not violate S-USIH’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. They are also free to offer guests posts by anyone they choose; neither I, as editor, nor the other bloggers need to approve regular or guest posts. This means that material posted on the blog has been approved and edited only by the particular blogger who posts it. Posts on the blog do not represent the collective opinion of the blog, nor the opinion of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History, which is our sponsor. Needless to say, they don’t necessarily reflect the views of any of our employers. I think it’s also fair to say that guests posts frequently do not represent the opinion of the blogger who posts them, though each of us have our own criteria for deciding whether and when to post guest content.
Our comments are similarly unmoderated. We try to catch and eliminate spam.** Otherwise, everything is fair game. This policy is subject to revision if things in our comment section truly get out of hand sometime in the future (we will, for example, do whatever’s necessary to prevent sockpuppetry, if it ever rears its ugly head). But we feel pretty committed to making our comment threads as open-ended as they can possibly be.
Those are the policies. Follow me below the fold for some more thoughts about them. Continue reading