Commenting on comments – a policy is born

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About comment etiquette! I have realized that commenting is not a common practice, at least not my site. That said, on reading the Blog Herald {broken link}, I thought it appropriate to add a comment policy and suggested guidelines. You will now find at the bottom of the page this blog’s official comment policy (with help from Nusuni.com).

Borrowing from Lorelle Vanfossen, the suggested comment guidelines are as follows:

  • Don’t use keywords in your comment form name – use your name, blog title, or a pseudonym that resembles a name by which you want to be known.
  • Don’t stuff your comment signature (which is unnecessary – use the form) with links and qualifications on what kind of an expert you think you are. Let your comment speak for your expertise.
  • Don’t leave long link addresses that screw up web page designs. Put them in an HTML anchor tag with descriptive text that tells the reader where the link is going and what it is about.
  • Don’t attack the blogger nor other commenters. Attack the content if you have to attack, not the person.

And, although I have no reason yet to be so demanding (beggars can’t be choosers), I also think it is worth sharing the advice of Lorelle (experienced blogger) who posted the following advice on her post about how not to comment on a comment!

  1. Say something intelligent
  2. Ask something intelligent
  3. Write something intelligent
  4. Add to the conversation.

There’s a thread in that advice somewhere. Basically, it’s about avoiding saying “cool blog” (even if I do enjoy hearing it!), because it is one step away from spam.

  • Jeremy

    Thanks for the link love :)By the way, I just realized I forgot to update that post on nusuni.com after a decision by the US court of appeals that said "no" to changing terms of uses/contracts without notifying users. While I think the decision will be overruled, it's probably a good idea to notify users of changes (it is anyway), regardless of whether or not you have the "Users may or may not be notified of…" clause. Personally when I do big changes I do a quick reminder post, but if it is something minor like fixing a misspelling I don't see why notification would be required, as long as fixing the misspelling doesn't change the meaning of the contract itself. *end of legal rant* lol

  • Minter

    Thanks Jeremy. And, no sooner had I posted the comment policy, etc., than I read in the IHT about the Blogosphere Bullies (http://tinyurl.com/383wfp). It's a dangerous and vile world out there…Please do read the comment policy on the bottom of this blog!