I don’t know about you, but I find blog comment policies both regrettable and necessary. Regrettable because in a perfect world they would not be needed. But necessary both for the obvious reason that they are indeed needed, and for the perhaps slightly less obvious reason that’s it’s only fair to give readers warning of the rules.
The following is this blog’s comment policy. It’s new in the sense I got around to posting it as a blog page only today. It is not new in the sense that I have been enforcing if for sometime now.
● Comments must be civil. Threatening, violent, bigoted, or otherwise abusive comments will be removed. Commentators who persist in making such comments may be subject to further sanctions.
● Spam and other commercial activity is prohibited without the my express permission. In all likelihood, permission will be granted only for “noble causes”, such as to promote an organization like Thistle Farms. You are welcome to apply for permission by emailing me.
● While conversations are enthusiastically encouraged and debate is more than merely permitted, propagandizing is not permitted. Such comments will be removed. Commentators who persist in making such commnets may be subject to further sanctions.
If you are uncertain of the differences between rational, civil debate and propagandizing, reading this article might help. If you read the article and you are still uncertain of the differences, you are encouraged to email me with your questions.
I reserve the right to change my policy at any time. Any such changes will be posted to this page.
I am open to your feedback on the policy. What are your suggestions? Should I include something? Should I drop something else? I will consider any advice you wish to offer.
Please note: If I make any changes to this policy in the future, I will post those changes to this blog page, but not necessarily to this post.