I’m a pretty tolerant person. I don’t have very many rules here regarding reader comments. However, the few below are non-negotiable. If you break them, chances are good your comment:
- won’t be approved (if it’s your first comment and held in the moderation queue);
- will be edited;
- will be deleted.
Note: Every person’s first comment is moderated to help prevent spam. After that, future comments should go live immediately unless you use a different email address, IP address, or give the system some other reason to think you’re a first-time commenter.
- If you choose to post something venomous, I insist that you take credit for those comments publicly with your full name. I think that’s only fair, as I don’t hide behind anonymity in my posts. Insulting or obscene comments posted with a generic handle, first name only, or obviously-fake name or email address will not be published. If your comments are simply constructive and conversational without that bite, I really don’t care if you use a (non-spammy) handle.
- Also, if you’re caught trying to further your own cause by commenting under multiple names / handles, all of your comments on that post will be removed (and yes, there are ways to tell, even when you think you’re clever). The same applies if you’re caught trying to incite mob mentality by driving your own friends and followers to “back you up” in a comment thread.
- While I’ll often tolerate insults directed at me (as per rule #1), insulting other readers will not be tolerated.
- If you say something ignorant because you were too lazy to read a post fully before commenting, I may point out the idiocy once. After that, don’t be surprised if future comments of that nature are just deleted to save the headache. I’m a blogger, not a babysitter–I don’t have the time to continually point out that you haven’t yet learned to read.
Simple, right? Be nice to others. Take credit if you want to be an ass to me personally. And read before commenting. Don’t agree? Then don’t comment.
Oh yeah. And don’t spam. Spam really pisses me off.
Why Are Some Comments Closed?
You may come across posts where comments are closed. I’m not a fan of that, but this blog was a special case.
The site was semi-retired years ago, with many archived posts being moved to other web properties I own. When NakedPR was re-launched in 2016, I moved key archived posts back to this domain.
In some cases, 8-9 years have gone by between the original publication dates and the blog’s re-launch. And because this blog tended to touch on controversial issues, some of which are tied to now-irrelevant sites or events, I didn’t want the re-launch to bring a new influx of comments on those very old archived posts.
If you come across a particular post in the archives that you feel is still highly relevant today, and you think re-opening comments would be best for readers in general (not just because you’re personally mentioned in the post for example), feel free to contact me to request it. But I make no promises.