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It's a bare-minimum requirement. Notice that I didn't say "friendliness," or even "politeness." Civility is an extremely low bar for adult human interaction; if you can't clear it, kindly comment elsewhere. I hear YouTube is cool.
We should strive for professional conversation, as if everyone on here is a colleague in this weird and sort of gross office building we call the Internet. Another pretty low bar. For instance, that definitely doesn't prohibit foul language. I'm a firm believer that a well-placed "fuck" can be rhetorically purposeful, but let's not go overboard.
If you see something you think is terrible — even for the Internet — go ahead and flag it, and it'll generate a notification for me. As a safeguard, in case I'm not available during a particularly vile incident, anything flagged by three people will automatically be hidden until I can review it. Spam counts as something terrible, and you may flag at will.
I reserve the right to edit your comments. For several reasons, I don't want to do that — mostly because it's a huge pain in the ass — but I will if it allows me to salvage what I perceive to be important content that would otherwise have to be removed because it's preceded/followed/surrounded by ugliness.
I can remove content for any reason, even if you think that reason is deeply unfair. Examples of reasons: you're blatantly off topic; your diction, syntax, and/or username lead me to believe you're a robot; you're making it difficult for other people to engage in good-faith exchanges (cf.Civility above). NOT examples of reasons: I disagree with you; you're objectively, demonstrably wrong.
I write most things with the express purpose of encouraging conversation, which conversation I hope can take place, at least in large part, right here on this very site. But if a thread becomes too difficult/annoying for me to babysit, I may (with deep sadness) close further commenting.
If you want some humbly-proffered tips on how to be a better, more engaging participant, go check out out the post on Varsity Commenting.