Commenting guidelines

…and some rules.

I will try very hard to be clear in my posts. This is a diverse world we live in, though, and I am sure that my readers will disagree with me at times. I would love to discuss this, but please take note of the following rules. Please note that I reserve the right to delete comments or ban commenters who violate them. I have taken some of them from an excellent article on comment policies, indicated by quotation marks.

  1. Be nice. This means not picking a fight with, or insulting, another commenter or me. Discussions are good. Insults are not.
  2. Be polite. Your comment is on the we for all to see unless I delete it or the interwebs blow up. Remember that. To define:
    1. I have a list of no-no words, which I have set a filter against. If you use these words, your comment will not show.
  3. Be respectful. Recognise that there are people with different views to you. Treat others as you would like them to treat you.
  4. “Comment Form Guidelines: The comment form must be filled in with a proper or legitimate sounding name and URL. Comments using keywords, spam or splog-like URLs, or suspicious information in the comment form will be edited or deleted.”
  5. “Email Privacy: Email addresses are required for commenting, and they are not published on the blog, nor shared. They may be used by the blog owner to privately contact the commenter.”
  6. “Commenter Privacy and Protection: All email, snail mail, phone numbers, and any private and personal information posted in any comment will be deleted as soon as possible to protect the privacy of the commenter. To prevent such editing, never share this private information within the blog comment.”
  7. “Comment Spam: Any comment assumed to be possible comment spam will be deleted and marked as comment spam.”
  8. Use correct English! I will delete any comments that use text language (ie u=you, r=are, numbers instead of letters). I am a writer and I have done a degree in writing and the English language. I reserve the right to correct you.

I will not be so strict on the guidelines, but please note them nonetheless. Like the rules, I have taken some of them from an excellent article on comment policies, and from Nathan Campbell, writer of “St Eutychus“.

  • Please stay on topic! If you want to discuss a topic related to the post (for example, discussing Luther on a post about Christianity), fine. But I will redirect the conversation if it gets too off-topic.
  • It gets hard to read a thread when the comments are over 500 words long! Keep concise, for the sake of your fellow readers.
  • I do not respond to comments via email – unless it is specifically called for.
  • “What To Do If Your Comment Does Not Appear: If you leave a comment on this blog and it does not appear in a reasonable time period, and you know that it does not violate these Comment Policies, contact me.”
  • “Trackbacks Are Comments: All trackbacks will be treated inline with the Comment Policy.”
  • “Comments free from defamation will never be deleted. Unless they are spam. Censorship will only take place to protect the reputation of others.”
  • After a post gets past 100 comments I find that the God-glorifying aspect disappears (actually, it usually disappears way before this) in that the comments become terse and downright rude. Please note that when a post gets past 100 comments, I may write a followup post. Either way, the power to comment will be turned off.

Have fun! 🙂