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Imported conversation

This conversation was transferred from Alternative medicine (theories) to begin a dialogue here. D. Matt Innis 20:23, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

I am responding here, Matt, to your specific export/import. Looking at the timestamps below, I can't see any way those responses are in compliance with the behavior specified in CZ:How to use talk pages#How to reply to an on going discussion.Howard C. Berkowitz 21:37, 23 December 2008 (UTC)
Are you saying that I missed something in the import process or are you referring to something in the conversation below? I agree that it is hard to follow, but that is the way it was on the Talk:Alternative medicine (theories) page, right? D. Matt Innis 04:55, 24 December 2008 (UTC)
Yes, that is the way it was on that talk page, and it is not only hard to follow, but specifically in violation of what I understood to be policy. I requested that it not be done that way, without formally citing CZ:How to use talk pages#How to reply to an on going discussion. Are you saying that link is not CZ policy, and that I somehow erred in asking that the convention it described be followed? Howard C. Berkowitz 04:58, 24 December 2008 (UTC)
Well, I see a discussion about talk page formatting and that is why I brought it here, but then I also see information that talks about formatting text boxes and printing that look to be more about the article itself and continues a discussion from the forums and probably should be in CZ Talk:Article Mechanics, but then it goes back to indenting, then talks about editors putting things on top of the talk page, which again could go here (I have seen this in some policy page). All of these do not flow with Martin's comments, probably because you two are carrying a conversation among more than one article talkpage, which again, is why I brought it here - to consolidate it all here. Am I making any sense to you? D. Matt Innis 06:18, 24 December 2008 (UTC)
No, it wasn't on more than one article talkpage. I'd make a comment and Martin would respond at totally different pages. Often, he'd put the response at the very top of the section, just as he inserted "what this page is about" at its top, in responses to questions asked in chronological order.
My point, I think, is very straightforward, although you may want this to go to email. The policy on this CZ page says to put comments below the comment to which the response is being made. That didn't happen. There are times when, I believe, he moved blocks of my comments.
Yes or no: does CZ:How to use talk pages#How to reply to an on going discussion state that comments are to be made at the bottom of that to which they are responding? It's hard to follow because Martin, for whatever reasons, will put comments out of order, do strange changes in indentation, etc. Howard C. Berkowitz 06:53, 24 December 2008 (UTC)
We should probably discuss this here so that the community can help decide what they want to do, though you can certainly clarify in emails if you think it will help. Are we talking about the section that Martin placed at the top of the page - Talk:Alternative medicine (theories)#What this page is. I saw that as an editor's comment on top of the article talk page that is suggested in CZ:The Editor Role#Guiding articles. D. Matt Innis 14:52, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

I agree that Martin's responses are often really hard to follow. I usually have to go to the history and walk through the various additions one by one as it is often the only way to get attributions correct. I suggest that replies are indented and AFTER the original message. Too much interlacing becomes impossible to follow. One can always cite the specific point in italics or quotes to give context. Alternatively, if it is a complex issue, set up a thread on the forums. Chris Day 17:23, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

Excellent point, and one I agree makes things easier to follow. It may take a little extra work for the one who writes, but makes it so mich easier for the reader. Of course, we are just using this text as an example, because I think we have all done it to some degree. Does this have to go through the editorial council? D. Matt Innis 19:00, 24 December 2008 (UTC)
Matt, a question. You have referred to "policy". I assumed that the CZ:How to use talk pages#How to reply to an on going discussion section qualified as policy. Is this not the case? If it is the case, I am reading it as rather unambiguous as far as the preferred way to participate in talk pages.
Yes, we've all broken the rule from time to time. Once I was cautioned about it, including, ironically, by Pierre-Alain, I make an effort not to do it. If I have a short, specific response that really would need a lot of text to explain afterward, if I violate it, I make a point of copying signatures before and after, so it is unambigious who is saying what. Nevertheless, I was asked not to do it; it appears to me that this CZ page sets the rules; and, especially Martin's comments directly under the heading "Chronological Order" are defiant and inflammatory.
To me, the rules seem rather clear, even before getting into Chris' observation, with which I completely agree, that it's simply hard to read the interspersed comment. If the "How to use" page isn't policy, what is? Howard C. Berkowitz 19:15, 24 December 2008 (UTC)
Howard, now your entering editorial committee and executive committee territory. I am only a fellow citizen when we consider such things away from the article pages. My opinion would be that we should not give the impression that talk page formatting is anything but suggestion to make it easier for anyone to follow. In that sense, I agree that it is hard to follow text that is inserted into discussions, especially when not adding a signature. But, to say that we are going to discipline or admonish a user because he/she does something different seems extreme. I am particularly concerned that several of our more mature editors have habits that are not conventional, and may not even understand the wiki process well. If we want them to put their real name on a text, we don't need to be embarrassing them on the talk page about something that has nothing to do with the content for which they are giving of themselves. I don't think talk page formatting needs to be policy, but that is just my opinion, and it could change with a convincing argument. I fI have misinterpreted something, do set me straight. Also, of course, if the editorial committee or executive committee decided differently, then I would act accordingly as a constable. They both have procedures to follow to make such decisions. D. Matt Innis 01:18, 25 December 2008 (UTC)
Well, if the CZ pages are supposed to be suggestions, let them say so: does this say "this is a suggestion on how to use a talk page", or does it say "this is how to use a talk page?" Is there a policy section somewhere that I've missed? I politely suggested to the user that he was doing things that were hard to read. His response was to do it even more obviously.
I would suggest looking at major professional mailing lists, such as the Internet Engineering Task Force or North American Network Operators' Group. No one minds if there's a quick flip comment on top, but bottom posting is a norm when the purpose of the mailing list, forum, etc., is to work toward a goal. Bottom posting is the equivalent of writing a book from beginning to end, as opposed to back to front and graffiti in the middle. It's basic from a human factors standpoint.
If I don't respond to reasonable suggestions, then I take any embarrassment that comes with the territory. There was a reasonable request to do something that is common in a huge number of electronic forums. It got nowhere. It's the broken window school of urban renewal, I suppose. In this case, if I were baby-sitting, I'd call it limit testing.
I have been asked not to intersperse comments, and I avoided doing so, not because it was policy but it seemed reasonable courtesy when asked. In this case, I honestly believe this page sets a rule, which is not being enforced. The individual involved is defiant about doing it his way. Howard C. Berkowitz 02:20, 25 December 2008 (UTC)
I would like a second opinon on this. Maybe my interpretation of what a constable is supposed to enforce is different than everyone elses. Does everyone want me to enforce this type a 'rule'? D. Matt Innis 02:13, 27 December 2008 (UTC)
As the original author of this page, I should point out that it was not written as a policy page. Nor is it supposed to be a draft for such. This "How to", as it states in the second paragraph, is only intended as a guide to help wiki newbies understand the formatting methods on talk pages so as they can easily take part in the discussion.
However, we do have a Professionalism policy and so talk page formatting and editing must comply with that. It would I think, for example, be unprofessional to edit the page in a way that confuses which comment is first and which is a reply to the first.
Talk pages are fragile things. It is very easy to break them and if used poorly, they can become disjointed, difficult to follow, or even impossible to understand. I had to read this talk page 3 times before I understood enough of it and some parts are completely beyond me still. To post in a confusing way is unprofessional. It's like having a heckler at a meeting or being interupted during a presentation. We shouldn't need a prescriptive policy spelling out exactly what should and should not be done. Basic common sense and experience of what is generally accepted or not accepted on web forums and similar should form a basis for professional behaviour that all can follow without having to read a rule book. Derek Harkness 05:32, 28 December 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, Derek, for speaking up. I think you make a really good point that repeated behavior that renders a page hard to follow is not good. I have re-read the CZ:Professionalism page (again) and see that a soft interpretation could make it feasible to warn and block a user that disregards the proper formatting of the talk page. Are you asking that I block Martin for talk page violations using the rules that we already have in place? D. Matt Innis 21:21, 28 December 2008 (UTC)
I am not commenting on the particular issue concerning Martin. That is a constable issue and I am not a constable, nor do I want to be one. I'm merely pointing out that constables are not powerless. The professionalism policy can be read very widely and I think it was intended to be read widely in order that we can avoid having endless lists of rules.
With regard to your comment, "...to warn and block a user that disregards the proper formatting of the talk page." I'd probably add the word, "deliberately," into that sentence. Where someone simply forgets to mark his signature or, through lack of experience, does not indent his comment or posts into the wrong place, then they should be kindly pointed to this page - as that is what is is there for. On the other hand, when someone, on purpose, seeks to spoil the talk page or disrupt the conversation, then that is unprofessional and should be dealt with. Derek Harkness 10:14, 29 December 2008 (UTC)
Excellent. I appreciate your candid and well thought response. I will work within that context. For those reading this thread, should you have difficulty with a contributer who is making the talk page hard to read, first 'kindly' (meaning that you need to be kind to avoid civility issues for yourself) point them in the direction of this page. Afterward, contact constables [at] citizendium.org. D. Matt Innis 16:32, 29 December 2008 (UTC)

Response

There is more than one issue here. If you look at the Homeopathy page, Larry boxed his rulings, and made a formal set of behavioral rulings, in a tense situation, and clearly identifying that he was speaking officially, on the substance of the discussion. Please compare and contrast Larry's response in Homeopathy, and relative diplomacy, with this comment in Alternative Medicine (theories). I also drew attention and asked for nocomplaints on an accusation that another page was drawn from another, which it was not.

Especially the points below, under "chronological order" had nothing to do with the content of the discussion, but behavior. They are blatant violation of CZ:How to use talk pages#How to reply to an on going discussion. Further on in the discussion, he continued to put responses on top of the discussion, in the middle of comments, with widely varying indentations, and in general behaving in a manner violating the cited link.

I really don't want to go back through the article and logs and give you every example, but I will if necessary. Further, I will make the statement, which I believe you have asked to stay in public, that there is every reason to believe that repeatedly ignoring a simple, mechanical rule is, at best, a desire not to comply with rules and generally try to be a bully. Further, I believe he has done this in other articles, as well as deleting the text of things, on the talk page, that disagreed with him.

Now, as far as the comment, about two weeks ago, about the purpose of the article, that might have been put at the top by an editor, as a calm set of points such as Larry's in homeopathy. Instead, it was a diatribe.

Also apropos of responses following comments, you will also note numerous places where Pierre-Alain interspersed them, with bold comments, but not infrequently interspersing them between others' responses. Again, I simply ask for enforcement of CZ:How to use talk pages#How to reply to an on going discussion. Howard C. Berkowitz 16:07, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

The issues about sourcing are another matter, as well as original research, and I believe there are problems in both. Aside from policy, I consider the responses flippant, unprofessional, and inflammatory. Martin is effectively encouraging violations by others that agree with the substance of his theories, not a neutral editorial role. Howard C. Berkowitz 16:07, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

Chronological order

eg. Most recent comments are added at the top of the page, with a new section title.Martin Cohen 11:44, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

Short responses are appended inside sections using indents - as many as the author likes! Martin Cohen 11:44, 23 December 2008 (UTC)
I think italic is effective too.Martin Cohen 11:44, 23 December 2008 (UTC)
Neither of these methods are recommended; they are both quite outside the convention in use. I started here using short comments inside sections, which is a common technique on mailing lists. Mailing list programs, however, often preface lines with the author's identifier, leading characters, or put comments entered at different times in different colors. CZ does not support such methods, and I responded to the complaints that it made my comments hard to follow. Howard C. Berkowitz 18:34, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

Howard's Original Points

Will then be kept together, which makes it easier for others to understand a debate once the topic exceeds more than one or two sentences.Martin Cohen 11:44, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

Because it is very difficult to follow the sequence.
Why is top posting undesirable in electronic forums? Howard C. Berkowitz 00:31, 23 December 2008 (UTC)
I have moved Martin's response to the appropriate place and indented it. There are CZ conventions.

I've gone through the article and put a number of things into CZ formatting conventions. At the beginning, I have put the introduction into the CZ convention, which calls for no subject line, and the title of the article bolded in the first sentence.

Inline citations are preferred; the means I used to do additional citations to the same work greatly reduces the size of the references section and is easier to read. An inline citation, certainly giving title and author, is much preferred to an external link (i.e., URL).

Generally, it is best not to put potentially controversial text into a footnote. If it is an arguable point, it should be easily readable in the context where it is raised.

Also, I have deleted several subjective adjectives to people. "Respected" and the like really need to be cited, or not used. Do consider that a signed article subpage may be appropriate for some of the more essay-like comments.

When a reasonably available source, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, is cited by a secondary source, try to give enough bibliographic information so the reader has a chance to find the primary source.

Do consider consequences of extensive use of text boxes, especially with relatively dark colored backgrounds. White or very light gray backgrounds greatly increase accessibility. Just as one piece of guidance, there is a good deal of information available from implementation guidelines for Section 508 of the U.S Rehabilitation Act, which tries to minimize barriers to accessibility for users with physical disabilities. [1]; I will be working on a more extensive article on accessibility and usability. Incidentally, the preceding link is an appropriate use for a hard-coded external link, because the expectation is that the external source needs to be read.

  1. If one tries to print the document, for later perusal, on a monochrome printer, the box will come out as a black mass if the printer does not use grayscale. Even with grayscale, colors this dark will tend to make a printed copy unreadable.
  2. Not all users have perfect color vision. They may have the same sort of problems as a monochrome printer; they literally may not be able to read the text against the background.
  3. For users that have very limited or no vision, and use a text-to-speech problem, even multicolumn text can be a problem; I am considering, much as I prefer two-column lengthy bibliographies, going back to a one-column format. A text-to-speech converter usually has to be programmed to deal with tables or columns, as the default mode is scanning horizontally across the screen. The devices can usually recognize true graphics and skip over them, but this sort of text box will typically be unusable.

While I am used to embedding responses in the body of email, where there are textual ways to distinguish who said what, I have learned that method simply doesn't work on talk pages. Sometimes, it is very difficult not to do so; in such cases, please put four tildes after each inline paragraph, and perhaps copy the signature of the user to whom you are responding.

In general, it is also a courtesy, and helps understandability, to put responses in chronological order. There are cases where a responsible Editor, acting in the Editor role, may put ground rules and such at the top of a page. When replying to a general comment, even if one regards it as critical, it feels like shouting when the response is placed above all other, earlier comments. The general convention for response is indented under the actual remark. It can be very difficult to understand a single block that responds to a large number of comments.

Howard C. Berkowitz 16:15, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

(NOT Shouting) WADRH, one appreciates these copy edits, and notes your points - although the defence of the use of boxes made under 'homeopathy' still stands! Martin Cohen 23:51, 22 December 2008 (UTC)
Whether it is shouting or not, the appropriate place to comment is after, not before, an earlier statement. Howard C. Berkowitz 00:31, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

Harsh? hehe

I thought that would grab your attention. But I wasn't sure about authorizing just anyone to do the moving. But I *did* think about it. Thanks for fixing it. But what about extending all this same stuff down below onto the User page talk? Hayford Peirce 23:14, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

I'm thinking a user should be able to use his own talk page anyway he wants... now as far as using someone elses... hmm.. I'm thinking that that user can move it if they want... so, sure, why not. D. Matt Innis 00:47, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Okie. I'll wait until tomorrow to do it, and will see if maybe it can be modified a little to take into account personal preferences. Hayford Peirce 01:08, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

Civility is culturally determined

At some point, though, any viable society does have limits, sometimes unwritten, that one does not cross without consequences.

The cultural anthropologist, Edward T. Hall, has written some fascinating studies of the American Southwest, where communities were nearly at war until it was realized that Anglo traffic cops were assumed to have discretion, but the traffic court was letter-of-the-law, while the reverse was true in the Latino communities. We have the problem that there is effectively no traffic court, only the constable.

Yes, strict rules, enforced without flexibility, are a problem. There's the practical matter of things indenting so far as to be unusable by anyone without exceptionally narrow views. One reasonable thing, in such as case, is to do the next indent a very obvious number of spaces to the left, not all the way. If, however, that isn't acceptable, then a subhead is not unreasonable, especially when it can be placed at a logical point.

This is easy to remedy, and I have seen Larry (and others too, I think) do it -- simply start your new comment at the far left margin again AND begin by writing "I am resetting the margin so that this thread will be easier to follow." Or some such. Hayford Peirce 01:31, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
If it is a question of having fairly strict enforcement, rather than having a bully run amuck for a couple of weeks and then turn out to be a serious troll, then let's have the strict enforcement. Perhaps that will be yet another impetus to getting a judicial function going. I, for example, would rather have had strict enforcement of formatting rules than to have to fight it myself, and then be yanked over here -- and where the individual violating the "suggestion" went on ignoring things.
Yes, there should be room for enforcement judgment. But, to cite social sciences again, if the gangs are threatening to move in, the urban sociologist James Q. Wilson found it was very effective to get tough on broken windows, graffiti, and squeegee-men in the street (if you haven't encountered this, count your culture as lucky). We had a situation where someone kept limit-testing. Perhaps there was no way to avoid the ugliness. I personally prefer a flexible environment, but, when I have a firm sense that someone is pushing, I don't back down. Now, sometimes one can be creative; I still cherish a 1970-ish confrontation with a couple of American Nazi Party stormtroopers; it did help to know more Nazi doctrine and German than they did. An American Nazi can be assumed to be several brews short of a six-pack. (hey, should I put that as a TI in the Washington DC article? Right on the corner of Wisconsin & M...) Howard C. Berkowitz 01:25, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
(being strict to the letter) of indentation. Sure. Resetting the margin is perfectly reasonable. It isn't in the rules as such, and, if the preference is for strict enforcement, then the option almost has to be a subhead. I'm not trying to be smart-mouthed here, but I'd rather have literal rule enforcement, by the Soup-Maoist (it was getting confusing given Gestapo), than no enforcement in a situation as with Martin. I absolutely believe that everyone with enforcement authority was acting with the best intentions; I suppose I'm just more open to believing in evil.
Judgment is always best. I happened to be reading Thomas Ricks' book about Iraq (Fiasco) recently, and it was the first time I'd seen a journalist mention a matter of Iraqi honor -- sometimes, the wrong door would be broken down, and, even though the head of household was sympathetic to the situation, honor would require that he take some act of defiance. Troops learned, however, that there would be times where a small boy would slip up to a patrol and ask "would you please stop here so my father can safely fire a burst in front of you? He must avenge the insult by shooting back, but he doesn't want to hurt anyone." Howard C. Berkowitz 01:44, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

(unindent)Well, do we want to build a culture that blocks someone because we don't like the way they edit a talk page? I think we can make guidelines, but we don't have to put the weight of law behind them. You can ask someone to review this guide, but if they don't, are you asking the constable to block that person? On what grounds, for being a free spirit?? Do we really want a constable to do that?

True, such a precedent is not that great. i might add that any reasonable person will follow a guideline without it being policy. And the unreasonable ones might not be suited to CZ anyway and move on their way.

That seems to be lowering the bar to almost limbo levels. You guys have already messed up this thread with something. Look at it. :-) D. Matt Innis 01:58, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

We're not talking about blocking or banning someone for being a free spirit, just acting in the nature of a traffic cop who tells drivers that they can't go over the speed limit and can't drive on the other side of the yellow line in the center of the road. I would think that in practical terms, if any of us saw a Newbie "violating" these rules, a friendly, private email to that person would probably do the trick. Hayford Peirce 02:05, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Exactly this is what i was talking about above.
Someone who edits oddly on a page might be dyslexic or have any number of reasons. If that person is generally polite, collaborative, and reasonable, by all means let them have some freedom. As Hayford suggested, an email might help. Polite requests were made, and what was the response? Flaunting of defiance by not just top posting but top posting in bold italics.
I agree that for any collaborative person we will have no problem. And constable enforcement is then any option for those spoiling for a fight. Generally, I doubt we will have many editors like that here but you never know.
When it's someone who has picked fights on other pages? Someone who had been condescending and confrontational on multiple articles, had frequently misrepresented others' statements on talk pages and the forum and was caught doing it? Someone also who formatted article pages in ways hard to read and hard to edit (this wasn't only my complaint about the colored talk boxes in early draft)? Someone who routinely attacked the fundamental principles? Someone that tried to usurp authority everywhere?

Good point, we can't have people using their own idiosyncratic style if it makes communication and ordeal. Communicating in cyperspace is hard enough already, without the nuances of body language, so a standard on talk pages is definitely preferable. I guess I'm starting to reiterate the points I have already made above so i should wrap up here.

It wasn't a matter of being a free spirit. It was a matter of being dishonest, manipulative and bullying. Yes. I want someone like that blocked. If that brings the bar to the limbo, then maybe I need to bend over farther if that's what it takes to get a bar installed. To such a person, I wish my favorite Yinglish curse: "May whenever in life that you suffer injustice, may you always be in the right." Howard C. Berkowitz 02:15, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Well, I think we are all on the same page actually, but really all that has nothing to do with the talk page formatting. That would be like arresting Al Capone for Income tax evasion. If you want a constable to ban or block a bully, you are talking about CZ:Professionalism rules. Believe me, I was watching, but I couldn't decide who was the bully and who was being bullied. If you think something more specific could have stopped it, let's move to the CZ:Constabulary Blocking Procedures and see if there is somethat I should have done there, or if we want to change something. D. Matt Innis 02:46, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Just to make a serious point here. If there is a bully in the house the only way to make it obvious to outsiders is to play it calmly letting them hang themselves with their own rope. To respond in kind makes it far more complicated for constables and delays the eviction, if necessary. A benefit of this behaviour is that modeling it for long enough might well change the new comers attitude and they themselves will become a model citizen, thus negating the need for constable action. We have to remember that many newbies are from wikipedia and they bring with them a legacy of confrontational editing from there. They are not all lost causes and most should be able to change their ways with help from community here. Chris Day 02:55, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Excellent. Thank You, Chris. D. Matt Innis 02:59, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

Oops, forgot to sign my last edit. Chris Day 02:48, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

Chris, what's your CZ:POINT :-)D. Matt Innis 02:57, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

You lost me Matt ;) Chris Day 03:20, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

As an aside, if someone comes in and randomly inserts text, never signs their posts and like, it is easier to step through the history than try and decipher it on the talk page. I use this trick a fair amount and I can easily figure out the chronology of comments as well as who wrote each section. Chris Day 03:23, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Yes, but why should you have to bother to do that? I really think that following the dictates of common courtesy would alleviate all the problems that we're discussing. But, unfortunately, we all know people who don't seem to understand what 99% of the populace considers "courtesy". Hayford Peirce 03:56, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Don't get me wrong, I am not defending such behaviour, just offering a remedy, in case it was not obvious. Chris Day 04:23, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

Constabulary blocking procedures

Conversation moved here. D. Matt Innis 18:12, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

Are we ever going to resolve real-indent versus indent-for-the-sake-of-it?

Real-indent being:

I think homeopathy is a bunch of diluted water. -A
No, it isn't. -B
You are right. -C
You only say that because you are a shill of big pharma! -D

Indent-for-the-sake-of-it being:

I think homeopathy is a bunch of diluted water. -A
No, it isn't. -B
You are right. -C
You only say that because you are a shill of big pharma! -D

Under real-indent, C can respond to A. Under indent-for-the-sake-of-it, there is no way for C to respond to A, since he must indent for the sake of it. Indent-for-the-sake-of-it changes the meaning of C's post because "You are right" means something quite different if it's a response to "No, it isn't" than it does when it's a direct response to "I think homeopathy is a bunch of diluted water".

The primary objection to real-indent seems to be that it is less readable. This seems like it could be solved by switching to an even better alternative. Earlier this year, the microformats.org wiki was redesigned and sports a much more elegant design that solves this problem. They don't use talk pages, but rather create an "issues" page that accompanies the pages describing the specifications they have written. An example showing this particularly well is wiki-2-issues - be sure to view source. The markup used is that of an unordered list item - a bullet point. I'm not sure about MediaWiki's parsing capabilities, but this is much easier to style and script. If we were to decide as a site that a slightly more structured way of doing comments was preferable, we could basically adopt what microformats.org have done. The neat thing is that if we standardise on something good, thanks to the magic of CSS, we can change the appearance of it at will.

Imagine this:

Homeopathy discussion example using microformats.org design.jpg

Any thoughts? –Tom Morris 18:28, 27 July 2009 (UTC)