Comments policy, once again

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Dec. 30 2007 12:20 PM

Comments policy, once again

It seems that a couple of posts I've made in the past week dealing with political topics have really brought out the worst in some commenters. I deleted many comments or marked them as spam because they used bad language, were insulting, or were obvious trolls.

So I will repost my policy on comments. Maybe I should do this every week, since obviously as election time rolls around I'll have to deal with people who simply cannot express themselves politely.

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The commenting policy is posted below. Learn it. Love it. Listen to it, or you'll be wasting your time commenting here.


I didn't want to do this, I really didn't, but my hand is forced.

For some reason, this past week, I have had to edit a comment every day because someone has used "bad" words in it. I like this blog to remain, if not kid-friendly, then young-adult friendly. That means getting it into schools and such, and that means I have to be a nanny.

So here is my policy for commenting here. It is neither complete nor unchangeable. But this will do for now.

1) Be polite.

That's it. That's my rule.

That should be easy, right? Don't go attacking other people, don't swear, don't be a jerk.

I reserve the right to edit out strong language and such. I will also delete comments that go over the line, or try to sell a product, or because I feel like it. OK, I won't do that last part. The point is, this is my blog, and if you are being a jerk in some way I will take action. That may sound rather vague. Too bad. There is no line in the sand that says Here be good, there be jerk.

Look, when you comment on a blog, it's like you're in that person's house. Be polite. Flush the toilet when you're done, or, better yet, don't foul the place up in the first place.

Simple, right?

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