Comment Policy

by Joe on April 8, 2009

Although I am in the middle of an blog idenity crisis, I am now struggling to cope with some disrespectful comments on an old post of mine.

To a blogger, comments are like Hansel and Gretel’s bread crumbs, they give us bloggers confidence to keep going.   I love comments and I’m not one for censorship.   So I left these nasty comments up for a few days, but I realized that leaving the offensive, defamatory and outright mean comments on my blog did not promote conversation and reflected poorly on me and this blog.

Classyness is something that I am not in an identity crisis about, so from here on out I will have a comment policy, published below.

Joe Budde Comment Policy

I hate to do it, but after several nasty comments on my blog, I had to outline a few things that will not be tolerated in the comments.

1.  General Classlessness – I consider my blog a classy place: classy like wine, tuxedos and table cloths.  Please leave the personal attacks (on me or others) at the door.

2. ADD Comments – I enjoy talking about subjects that people are passionate about, but if I take the time to write a post, the comments should match the content and subjects outlined in the post.  Oh, but you wanted to chat about something else?  GREAT!  Send me an email or a tweet, we can chat about it that way.

3. Disrespect – Differences are welcomed here.  Hatred is not.  We are all humans, we all have hearts, and because of that we must respect one another.  Thoughts and opinions change through respectful discourse.  Leave the trash talk on the field/court/ice/floor/pitch.

These are the rules, and I reserve the right to change them at any moment.  If you don’t like it:  Don’t comment.  It’ll save you from having your feelings hurt when I delete your classless, off topic, and disrespectful comment.

Update: Because of a recent comment, a number 4 has been added:

4. Non-Full Disclosure – Any comment made without disclosing your relationship to the content of the post will be subject to removal or a public disclosure of the association by yours truly. Let’s leave the anonymous commenting to the creepers and uncivilized.

One comment


You’re in good company.

Check out what Brian Clark (copyblogger) tweeted a few weeks back:

Feel free to steal my comment moderation formula: “anonymous + a**hole = delete”

Also check out this discussion:

Finally, I’d suggest remembering this quote from one of your heroes.

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~ Ayn Rand

by Rob on April 9, 2009 at 10:09 am. Reply #

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