Comments are public whereas email is
private. Comments however are moderated before publication, so you will
notice a time lag. I am compelled to filter comments before publication
because the topics I often write about -- politics, gay issues, religion
-- tend to attract rants.
Let me be open about how I filter
comments. Those that have these characteristics are unlikely to be allowed
- Comments that are off-topic from the
- Potentially libelous statements
- Strong assertions without any
supporting arguments (rants)
- Too lengthy, e.g. exceeding 1.5
- Commercial advertisements, or links to
- Personal advertisements of a cruising
nature, or links to
If you wish a comment on a topical
subject, but not in reference to any particular essay, do consider writing
a Guest Essay. See below for guidelines.
Email is private communication, unlike
Comments. Please use the EMAIL link on the main Yawning
Bread site. Your message
will be as private as normal email; your words will not be published,
unless specifically requested or agreed between you and me.
Yawning Bread publishes Guest Essays from
time to time. In order to fit in with the overall style of Yawning Bread,
here are some guidelines for guest essays:
- It should be about 1,000 - 1,500
- It should be in standard international
English. The writing style should be that of serious journalism, but
please avoid heavy academic language.
- It should be intelligible to any
English reader from anywhere around the world. Acronyms (e.g. HDB or
NST), abbreviations (e.g. "co." or "dept") and
local/foreign-language words or expressions (e.g. "farang",
"shiok" or "ummah") should be avoided, or at
- Currencies should be specified when
monetary amounts are mentioned. Even if you're writing in Singapore
dollars, say "S$", not "$". If you're writing in
United States dollars, say "US$", not "$".
- Honorifics are up to you, but for your
information, the editorial policy of the main Yawning Bread essays is
to be generally free of honorifics. Thus, I do not refer to "Mr Hu
Jintao", but simply to "Hu Jintao" or "Hu".
However, on first mention, it would make sense to say "President
Hu Jintao" in order to indicate his political office. Likewise,
"Dr" or "Prof" are dropped. Yawning Bread believes
in being very egalitarian when referring to people.
- People should not be referred to by
snide nicknames. Do not refer to Lee Hsien Loong as "minilee"
- Essays should not be merely an
even-handed review of facts without offering any opinion or
conclusion. It's boring. However, in forming one's opinion, one should
try to be fair to any major counter-arguments that one can
- Needless to say, the essay should be a
reasoned analysis or opinion, and not a vituperative outburst.
You will need to give me your real name
and a working email address which I will keep confidential. Your essay can
either be under your real name or a pseudonym of your choice.
Guest essays can be submitted through the
email link on the main Yawning Bread site.