It has taken nearly seven years, but the time has finally arrived for the introduction of a playpen. This is an area for irrelevant, nonsensical, unwelcome comments that may initially have appeared elsewhere but have now been moved to this thread to reduce clutter in the rest of the blog.
Unfortunately, responses to the moved comments may also end up here, not because the responses are irrelevant or nonsensical or unwelcome (to the contrary, the willingness of these commenters to engage is admirable) but to place them in a context where their purpose can be understood.
If a commenter wants one or more of his or her comments removed from this thread, just indicate in the comments section and the comment(s) will be removed along with the request. The playpen itself could be removed if, at some point in the future, its reason for existence no longer applies.
This playpen has been introduced reluctantly to prevent the blog from being overrun by nonsense. Engaging with the nonsense just provokes more nonsense. Not engaging with it can be confusing for newer readers.
Thanks for everyone’s patience.
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