Commenting Guidelines

Given my previous post, I might as well give my commenting guidelines now too:

1) Yes, language is allowed, but with major caveats. No insulting people with strong language. Occasional usage will be allowed, but context matters. Use your discretion. If I think it’s too vulgar, I ban it. If you think I’m being hypocritical or you disagree, too bad. No littering your comments with language in a curse-filled rant or anything like that.

Also, there are definitely certain words even I won’t tolerate. If you think I’m being hypocritical about it, sorry. If you’re not sure, don’t bother using it. If you do use it and I think it’s over the line, in the interest of fairness the first time you do this I’ll give you a polite heads up. The second time you do this I’ll give you a real warning and a reminder of the commenting guidelines. The third time, you will be banned. As I said, post at your own discretion, keep context in mind, and if you’re not sure don’t bother. That said, sometimes I’ll allow it, just as I will, sometimes, use it. Got it? Good.

2) Here’s how it works with rudeness. You get two chances. The first time, you get a warning. The second time, I ban you. As I said before, I’m not patient or tolerant. I allow contrary opinions, just don’t be a jerk, all right?

3) If I ask you to stop posting about a certain topic, stop. Stay on topic. If I don’t like the tangent something is going down and tell you that, stop going down that tangent. If, on a single thread, I need to ask you to stay on topic three times, you will be banned, and I think three is being nice. I’ll give you a clean slate and the benefit of the doubt on other threads though, unless this becomes a habit.

4) Spamming gets you banned immediately. Don’t know what constitutes spamming? Use discretion.

5) If you keep repeating the same point over and over despite having been repeatedly responded to, I will ban you, because you are being a troll. I’ll judge on a case by case basis.

5) Lest you think I’m a complete monster, sometimes I won’t follow these guidelines to the letter. On certain days I may be more lenient than I normally am and give you more chances, or just delete your comment. Don’t expect this. Consider yourself lucky.

6) Discussion is absolutely allowed. Really, all I’m trying to say is don’t be a jerk about it. Sound good to you? I hope so.

I hope you find the blog interesting

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7 Responses to Commenting Guidelines

  1. Beth Impson says:

    Suggestion: create a page with these rules and post it at the top of your right-hand column. Then it will be available at all times for reference. And I’m all for weblog rules that are stringent!

  2. GRA says:

    Concerning #2: Ha! I was banned from CAF for several days for insulting a fellow poster. I didn’t pull curse words or anything of the sort, but I guess I was a jerk for the way I responded. Let’s just say I don’t respond well to cliche questions or talking points that some post-modernist might use. New Years resolution: Practice patience when dealing with stupid questions. And there are such things as stupid questions.

    • Ugh, you’ve discovered my early posts. Ewwwwww.

      • GRA says:

        Haha why ew? I don’t think this post is bad at all.

      • This post is actually recreated almost word for word in the commenting guidelines at the top of the site. The rest of my early stuff, however, I am not so happy with.

        This blog did a world of good for me in regards to my writing. I look at my later writing and compare it to my early stuff with a lot of satisfaction. My early stuff is weak, and I don’t even agree with some of it. “On Apologizing” in particular I’d re-write if I cared enough to take the time. “My Fatal Flaw” is in some ways its spiritual successor, and a much better written one it is.

        Nowadays I write a lot more reviews. Go figure.

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