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Comment author: itaibn 08 March 2017 04:25:06AM -1 points [-]

The following is entirely a "local" criticism: It responds only to a single statement you made, and has essentially no effect on the validity of the rest of what you say.

I always run content by (a sample of) the people whose views I am addressing and the people I am directly naming/commenting on... I see essentially no case against this practice.

I found this statement surprising, because it seems to me that this practice has a high cost. It increases the amount of effort it takes to make a criticism. Increasing the cost of making criticisms can also making you less likely to consider making a criticism. There is also a fixed cost in making this into a habit.

Seeing the situation you're in as you describe in the rest of your post, and specifically that you put a lot of effort into your comments in any case, I can see this practice working well for you. However, it's not "no case" against it, especially for people who aren't public figures.