I'm writing this as I just created the blog and I haven't even begun to promote it. I may never get a comment but the issue of spam always comes up on sites I've worked on or created so I wanted to clearly define how I will be handling comments.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to contribute to discussions by leaving comments. I know a lot but I'm not so full of myself that I think I'm always right or that I can cover topics completely so the more people participate the better for everyone.
Unless it becomes a problem, I will leave comments open to anonymous users.
I will read every comment and respond to as many as I can that need a reply. I may not be able to reply to everyone but hopefully others can answer any questions I can't get to.
You are free to link to other sites and provide a link to your own site(s) along with your identity but comments with links will be under greater scrutiny.
If you're leaving a comment that has a link, either in the comment or attributed to your identity please be aware of the following guidelines:
- Make sure your comment is on topic. This is the most important.
- If you have a website or blog, feel free to come back and leave a comment indicating that you have replied through your own site and leave a link to it.
- Your comment should contribute something to the discussion. Comments that contain links that don't will be removed. While, like most people I enjoy recognition, a comment that just gives some sort of generic praise in order to include a link is not appropriate.
- Private information should be kept private.
- No posts or links to illegal content.
- While some discussions can get heated, please try and be civil to each other.
- Do not be obscene in your language, at least not excessively so.
- Do not be repetitive or redundant. Don't post the same comment multiple times and comments that are very similar to other comments may be removed.
- Do not post affiliate or similar links.
Ultimately, I use my judgment on what I consider to be spam and the above guidelines are what I use as a benchmark.