Commenting policy

Commenting policy

Commenting policy

Bad Astronomy
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March 4 2008 12:00 PM

Commenting policy

The past few days have seen a rise, yet again, in trolls and people swearing in the comments, so I will repost my comments policy.

Remember, if you see a troll, don't bother responding -- when I delete their comments, yours will look a little funny hanging out there. Just let me know and I'll take care of it.

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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.

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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?