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A few questions for the mods:
I've noticed that the tone of the article often sets the tone for the comments section of said article. I can appreciate wanting to raise the level of dialogue in the comments section, so will the articles also reflect this heightened level of professionalism and courtesy. For example (and this is just one of many), you can't really expect an article full of references to sexual acts with barely legal teen boys (I can link the AI article if you'd like) to be filled with constructive and intellectual discussion.
Secondly, will the authors of the articles be held to the same standards in the comment section? There's at least one author here at AI who is particularly nasty and mean spirited to anyone who disagrees with him/her even when met with constructive feedback supported with evidence. When this happens it also brings the level of dialogue down a few notches and it sounds like these new rules are supposed to prevent this from happening.