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Comment Policy

I enjoy interacting with readers and welcome comments on any post. To ensure that comments enhance and not detract from the blog, I’ve developed (with help of examples elsewhere) a formal comment policy.

Comment Moderation

In order to maintain the integrity of the blog and its content, all comments and trackbacks made to Office Rumors are moderated. I work to review and approve comments as quickly as possible. There is no need to post the same comment twice, as I will get to the comments when time permits.

Overall, my moderation policy is very inclusive. Some instances in which a comment may not be acceptable, or may be edited, are included in the following sections. Whether I moderate or change something is not limited to these examples, however. I reserve the right to moderate any comment at anytime. The chances of changing something that is completely reasonable is very slim, though.

Language and Format

Please avoid harsh or poor language and the use of profanity. Flaming, trolling, or use of threatening language is not allowed nor will it be tolerated.

“Brevity is the soul of wit” according to Shakespeare (Hamlet). While I don’t expect (or want) classic sonnets or monologues, in that same spirit, the comments should be kept brief. If you must, use paragraphs. As much as I enjoy using ellipsis in text or instant messaging, they should not be used in the comments.

If an entry gets you fired up or excited, consider publishing it as a thought on your own blog and trackback. Trackbacks are moderated whether the link is to a legitimate article or blog (not spam). I do not delete trackbacks that may have a viewpoint contrary to mine, as it would take away from healthy discussion.

Linking To Your Site and Others

Please don’t view the comment area as an opportunity to promote or advertise your website. Excessive and/or inappropriate links will be removed.

Normally, if a comment is insightful, intelligent and adds to the topic, people will follow the links you have provided.

Some tips for proper linking:

  • Please use proper XHTML markup: <a href=”…” title=”…”>Link Anchor Text</a>
  • Please use descriptive anchor text
    • Bad: <a href=”…”>click here</a>
    • Good: <a href=”…” title=”Google Homepage”>google’s homepage</a>
  • Please keep the anchor text brief (6 words or less per link)

Please, double check your links. Any link which returns an error, leads to a site under construction, or cannot be loaded by the browser (Firefox for Mac) will be removed.

Signatures In Comments

Adding a signature is completely optional. It is preferable to use the URL box provided on the comment form. This provides a hyper-text link to your website via your name on the comment. If you decide to include one, please keep it short (2 line maximum) and do not include a link to your website.

E-mail Addresses

Please use a valid e-mail address when commenting on the blog. It will not be displayed unless you type it in the body of your comment (which I will usually edit out) and you will not be subscribed to any mailing list by leaving a comment.

If you use an invalid e-mail address or one which requires any type of human interaction to confirm you’re not a spammer, your comment will be deleted — no exceptions.

Editing Comments

I reserve the right to edit or delete comments as I feel necessary.

Most likely, if the comment is topical and intelligent, it will not be edited. If your comment conveys a coherent thought, it may just be edited (in the case of glaring grammar/spelling mistakes, for example); tirades will most likely be deleted. At no time will I attempt to alter the core meaning of a comment.

Special Provisions For Comment Spam

Any Spam is deleted as soon as received. Normally, the filter built in to the WordPress software catches everything.

Final Words

You, and only you, are responsible for your words. They are yours and you get to keep them, however, by posting your comments to the blog you are granting me the right, in perpetuity, to use, alter, and/or display them however I see fit.

Once your comment is submitted, that’s it — you’re immortalized.

This comment policy is based upon that from the blog OptiNiche.


Written by walonline

May 19, 2008 at 1:44 pm

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