I really can’t believe that I’m putting up this post, but I promised someone that I would … so here it is.
For the most part, I have a very simple view of how people should comment on blogs, and so that’s all I hold: show some respect. To say more than that seems silly for a blog. I don’t take myself nearly so seriously that I think I should need a comments policy.
Apparently, though, I have to spell that out in a little more detail. So, here goes.
This blog does not exist so that people can insult me. It does not exist so that people can come fight. If you want to have an honest discussion and exchange, then that’s great. However, I like the analogy that has come up in other places: treat this as my living room. If someone were speaking crudely in my home, I’d ask him/her to leave. If it went to far, I’d be more forceful.
It is a big deal to me that we respect people, all people, by leaving their names alone. I’ve written about this before, and I do apply it as a very strict rule on comments. I have only banned two commenters, and both of them have been because they couldn’t handle this very simple rule.
Mike Huckabee’s name is Mike Huckabee. Not “Huck-a-[whatever].” Not Huckleberry. Whether you like him or not, call him by his actual name.
The same applies for any number of other people. As much as I dislike Tom Tancredo, his name is not “Tancrazy.” Rush Limbaugh is not “Flush,” or any of the various changes made to his last name, most of which are ones that I won’t repeat since I want this blog to stay family-friendly. Barack Obama is not named “Nobama,” “Zerobama,” or any of the other nicknames thrown at him.
As far as I’m concerned, that stuff should have been left behind in third grade. If you’re still there, then leave your comments elsewhere.
If I’ve never seen a comment from you, your comment should post through. I don’t moderate for first-time comments. I do filter for language. Because of the way that works, you might find your perfectly-innocent comment in moderation because you used a word like “assume” or while referring to Numbers 25:1. Sorry about that. I’ll try to get it approved as soon as I can.
If, in fact, you are swearing, then I reserve the right to edit or simply delete your comment. I don’t like profanity. I don’t welcome it in my living room or at my blog.
I have also made mention of a certain rape victim in previous posts. Since people familiar with that case (and possibly the rapist himself) have commented, I have put the victim’s name in that moderation filter. It is possible that that will trip someone up, since her name might be used perfectly innocently. (I’ve used the nickname “Ann” for her … the way the filter works, blocking “Ann” would also catch any word with those letters.)
Comments should relate to the post. If you want to talk about something else entirely, then do it somewhere else, especially if what you want to say is that the post is stupid because you want to talk about something else. Get your own blog. Write about it there.
I have no use for comments that consist of nothing but bigotry. Racial, sexual, religious, or anything else … just go away with that malarkey.
Lastly … I have banned exactly two users in the whole time that I’ve had this blog. One of them was a simple matter of his spewing profanity and names. Based on his blog and the rambling nature of the comment, I assume that he was high at the time.
The other keeps on coming back … I’m not sure why. He was warned many times that he was trying my patience and that I would not put up with much more. He chose to be banned, yet he still whines about it. A basic failure to show any kind of respect played into that.
Since, in fact, it was to him that I promised to put up this post, here is how he got himself banned:
During the blog tour for Stonewall Hinkleman and the Battle of Bull Run, he decided to throw in a question about the President and his “bullying” of the country. That comment was removed for being too far off-topic.
He did the same thing when I posted a couple silly videos.
Then, there are the threads which actually earned him the ban. Make what you will of them. Here here and here. I did, however, allow one more comment through just to show what kind of filth he throws into my spam filter, a dozen or so times each week.
Given the topic, I will allow you (and you know who you are) to comment … IF YOU FOLLOW THE RULES … on this post. If you’d like to make a case for why I should put up with your garbage, then do it here. And only here.
Anyway … there it is. My comments policy post. I still think that if I just said, “Act like a mature grown-up” it would be more than sufficient.