I think it would be good for me to explain upfront how I plan to communicate through this blog. For a start, I would like to keep the interaction as open as possible, for ideas and discussions to flourish. To uphold constructive discussions and engagements, I would like to appeal to everyone to maintain an air of professionalism and gentlemanly discourse. Let’s tackle and debate vigorously and robustly, to better our understanding of the issues at hand. Our intent is to share, listen, and to be mutually enriched. Feel free to be candid and persuasive, but please refrain from expletives and personal or political attacks.
Your views are important, and I will make time to read them thoroughly. I hope to be able to resolve as many issues as expeditiously as possible. But, I may not be able to accede to every request made, nor is the university in a position to implement every good suggestion immediately. Do take heart that your suggestions are nonetheless valuable inputs – they will be carefully reviewed and considered, and surfaced to Deans and the NUS Management.
At this moment, the blog allows anonymous postings; this may have to change if anonymous careless comments become rife. I would however also like to encourage attributable postings, as the very action of ownership, I believe, provokes thoughtfulness. One of my staff will be serving as administrator and moderator of this blog, and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be screening comments and will endeavour to screen them promptly. If the blog traffic is high, we will put in more resources, but in the meantime, we seek your patience and understanding. I would like to assure you that we will be liberal in our approach; the screening is really to filter out comments that are sales pitches or irrelevant; we will not be editing comments.