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Comment policy

For a long time I’ve had a comment policy for this blog, but I’ve never shared it. Let me do that now.

I’m grateful to you for commenting. It always feels to me like we’re all hanging out on my deck or in my family room together, talking about things we are mutually interested in. In this way I count you as friends.

I seldom bring up controversial subjects. But reasonable people can disagree even about mundane topics. Sometimes you offer a perspective different from one I or another commenter shared. When you do, I insist that you keep it about the subject rather than the person, and keep your argumentation clean and fair.

If you leave a comment that I consider to be unkind or a personal attack, I will delete it without explanation or apology.

That comment was made toward someone else hanging out in my space who I count as a friend. I will control the tone in my space and I will defend my friends’ ability to be here in peace, regardless of their opinions.

There are plenty of places around the Internet where you can fight with others to your heart’s content. This is not one of them.

I’m sharing this now because a couple comments on my most recent COVID-19 update stood right on the line, and my finger hovered over the Delete button.

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8 thoughts on “Comment policy

  1. Good rules! My finger likely would have done more than hover as I’m swiftly losing my sunny disposition toward strangers on the internet. All the same, I appreciate the tone you set and the work you put into your blog. It does feel like a safe, casual space!

  2. Just do your thing Jim get ‘em! I abide by the old Mom’s rule of “If you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything.” I could never understand someone needing to come to other peoples pages or channels just to cause trouble or say bad things.

  3. Roger Meade says:

    Glad you just hoovered instead of erasing. Some of those comments were indeed “on the line”, but it was all interesting, and the link to the letter from the VA expert was very informative and understandable. Thanks all around- but lets keep it civil people.

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