- If you say it's a fact, you need give a list of primary sources, don't be surprised if one isn't enough
- If it's an opinion from an expert... state all relevant affiliations such that someone can find out about this organization's work.
- If it's pure speculation, use phrases like, "there is no evidence of this, this is pure speculation"
- if you quote someone, include the context, especially a link to the article
- give people respect in the comments and in general
- ranting is OK, but don't think you can't be held to account for it... oooohhhh scary voice.
- it's just a blog, ideas, intellectual exercise... hmmm, actually, that's quite a bit, take your words seriously if others are supposed to (i.e. humor excepted)
Of course, I'm not ignorant of the underlying issues, should there even be such a thing as standards... there are many arguments offered for the notion that it would be manifest destiny and laissez-faire on the internet, in netroots. But all community blogs have SOME standards, some more arbitrary than others.