I’m not going to mince words: I don’t like most comments.

That’s because they tend to fall into one or more of the following eight categories:

  • Contrarianism.
  • Abuse.
  • Self-promotion.
  • Spam.
  • Off-topic rants.
  • Drivel.
  • Corrections.
  • Meaningful contribution to the conversation.

I have a hard enough time policing my own words without having to constantly monitor the words other people are putting onto my pages. Of the above categories, corrections can be helpful, and only meaningful contribution is interesting.

That said, I recognize when done well, good comments can build community. I appreciate good communities who take the time to really moderate comments. Moderation is essential to developing those communities. However, I don’t have the time, nor the desire to run a community, but I still hope from the bottom of my cold, black heart that you guys will only leave the good stuff.

Nevertheless, to help guide the process, I’m setting up two tenets of my commenting policy:

  1. There will be a limited window to leave comments.
  2. Leave only meaningful comments or corrections.

Open Comment Expiration

In the past, I’ve just disabled comments altogether, but this time around, I’m trying an experiment. I’m going to allow comments for one week, after which they will automatically close. This should give sufficient time for my friends (hopefully) to read new articles and offer corrections or contribute something meaningful. After that, I don’t care to spend my time managing the spammers who regularly fill up the moderation queue, and I don’t want to risk attracting a crackpot who wants to use my site as a platform.

(If one week doesn’t sound like a lot of time to you, know that I originally considered leaving comments open for just three days.)

Meaningful Comments Or Corrections

  • Leave comments that other people will find helpful or interesting to read.
  • Don’t be a hater. This is my home and you can leave any time.
  • If you’re linking back to something you wrote on your own blog, it better be relevant.
  • I don’t care about your politics, your religion, or your conspiracy theories. Share your opinions, but strive for factual accuracy. You owe it to yourself.

If a comment is generally good, but has bad parts in it, I might edit out the bad parts.

On corrections, I thank you for pointing out errors in my articles. I will try to fix them as soon as I can. Once the correction has been made, I will probably delete that part of your comment (or the whole comment, if it’s only the correction.).

“But You’re Censoring Meee”

No I’m not. I shouldn’t have to explain this. I am not a government; I am a dude. This blog is my own private property and I can do with it whatever I please, including deleting or editing your comments.

“This Seems Kind Of Rude; It Doesn’t Make Me Want To Leave Comments At All”