Ye Olde Blogge here has gotten some pretty heavy traffic lately. Some of what I have been writing is provoking strong feelings and people are leaving comments. That’s awesome. If I didn’t want comments, I wouldn’t leave my blog open to them. However, this is my space on the Internet, I pay the bills, and therefore I make the rules. There aren’t many, but here they are:
- Anonymous comments are fine. I can understand being shy about putting your name out on the Internet.
- I check the IP addresses of commentators. Sock puppetry is not cool. If you work for a major international information corporation and leave a comment while at work in support of said major international information corporation, yet do not identify yourself as an employee of this hypothetical major international information corporation? I will call you out and call you out hard.
- I don’t censor comments and me letting a comment stand on my blog does not mean I agree or disagree with what it says or facts it represents. If you disagree with a comment, feel free to offer up a comment of your own.
- A slight addendum to the above: I will delete (or not publish if you are a first time commentator) comments that are unecessarily profane, insulting to me or others, obviously defamatory of myself or others, a sock puppet comment or otherwise a blatant advertisement.
- I generally don’t reply to comments. I try to make all the points that I want to make or get my thoughts across in my posts. I’m not interested in debating with people and frankly, I don’t really have the time. But don’t worry, I get notified when I get comments….I do see them all.
That’s all, really. I mean, really, these can be summed up in the biggest Internet rule of all, to wit: Don’t be an ass. It’s surprising how many people have trouble with that one, though, huh?