I rant and rave about what ticks me off in the marketing and public relations and social media arenas but it didn’t occur to me, the need for a blog comment policy. Yet a preemptive strike is best as I was told by Grant Griffiths, and I agree: it’s much harder to shove that cat back into the bag.
My Blog Comment Policy is: Comments are Open.
- Real comments: Welcome and approved. No registration required, just sign in. Do it already!
- Closed to crap. Spam and “great post” link bait can go for a long walk on short pier.
- Profanity. Won’t always ban or edit, as I’m saucy with the lingo myself. But a little goes a long way.
- Pimp thyself? Want to link back to your own posts in your comments? Sure but if that’s all you’ll ever do, your wasting the link love on my little read blog.
Disagree? Bring it.
Blog comments being open is about raising the level of debate, exchanging ideas and engaging with the readers. Comments is where it happens, or so I keep reading from folks like Lauren Gray. Totally agree (though I have future rant coming, as it’s not always the case).
Feel free to tell me you think I’m full of it, but tell me why you don’t like my post, my blog. Keep it professional and we’ll get along fine. Make it personal, we won’t.
Play nice with the other kids.
If you post “Twitter sucks and is of the Devil,” that’s fine; I’ll just agree to disagree. But if you post that “People who like, use and write about Twitter are evil and should burn for all eternity,” NOT so fine.
- Say why you disagree with another person’s comment, but do not flame that guest.
- Argue the points, not the person. Debate the topic, not the debater.
Attacking someone for their personal and/or professional beliefs and opinions crosses a line, will get your comment deleted and IP blacklisted faster than if you try to sell me cheap porn or Canadian Viagra.
Blog comment rules, what did I miss?