I love getting comments. (Who doesn’t, right?) But online comment sections can quickly start to smell like the u-bend below one’s kitchen sink if one is not careful. So, to keep if all else fails…‘s comment section unclogged and lemony fresh, just a few ground rules.
I expect you to treat me and your fellow commenters with respect. You’re welcome to disagree and debate, but rudeness will not be tolerated. I blog because it’s fun. Most of the people I follow and who follow me also blog because it’s fun. If you come here to stink up the place you will find yourself flushed out with industrial-strength drain cleaner.
I believe one should own one’s words and thus don’t like deleting comments (and it can throw a serious spanner in the works if there’s a nice discussion going, and I don’t allow throwing of spanners, only hammers). But if you really regret what you said, drop me a line via the contact page and I’ll consider deleting it. I reserve the right to correct grammatical and/or spelling errors in comments.
Please do not post any private information of you or anyone else in a comment. I will delete it if I see it, but if I don’t, let me know via the contact page and I’ll take care of it.
I reserve the right to edit and/or delete any comments containing vulgar language, racist, sexist or any other discriminatory or abusive content or any other content which I consider inappropriate. This includes comments that are off-topic, comments and pingbacks that are blatant attempts to drive traffic to your own site, obvious or suspected spam that made it past the spam filters, or comments that I believe may be violating the WordPress.com Terms of Service, including but not limited to comments containing links to file-sharing sites and/or illegal/copyrighted content (yes, this has happened on this blog).
Linking and embedding
You are welcome to leave links to posts or articles that are relevant to the post you’re commenting on, but comments containing two or more links will go to the moderation queue first. You may also embed videos, images or tweets in a comment, though I reserve the right to delete embedded content should I choose. When placing an image in a comment, please consider those readers with slow connections or limited bandwidth and keep the image size to under 300 pixels wide/high (whichever is bigger). Embedded images that negatively affect the loading time of this site will be deleted.
You may link to any post or page on this site without asking permission first, with one exception: please do not hotlink to any image appearing on this site (see the Copyright Policy for more information). You may also leave pingbacks/trackbacks, though I reserve the right to not approve and/or delete such links.
While I used to Volunteer in the WordPress.com support forums and now work full time as a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, I do not help with support issues via this blog. This blog is my personal space and is not part of my job. Consequently, any comments pertaining to support issues will be deleted without a reply. Please post directly in the support forums or via one of the other support channels if you need assistance with your blog.
The exception is if you think I did something really cool on if all else fails… and want to know how I did it. Then I’ll be glad to point you in the right direction.
If you feel that any commenter is abusing or harassing you and I don’t handle it of my own volition, let me know via the contact page, including a link to the comment in question, and I’ll review those comments and deal with it as I see fit. (Note: Someone disagreeing with you, even disagreeing strongly, does not count as abuse.)
Stick to these rules and let’s keep this fun.
Last Updated: 1 January 2016