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, 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. If you won’t own your words, they won’t be published here. (Note: Commenting with a non-spammy handle if you aren’t acting like an ass is perfectly fine.) Attacks targeting guests or other readers aren’t welcome here.
- I have no tolerance for mob-mentality provoked pile-ons, especially when they involve a guest, interview subject, or other commenters. If you pull it here, all comments involved will be removed and commenters involved may be banned from future commenting.
- 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 deleted to save the headache. I’m a blogger, not a babysitter–I don’t have 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.