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April 6, 2009

Comment Policy and Thoughts on Commenting

Unless you have been specifically directed to read this policy you don't need to. You can go back to the blog.

In other words, if you agree with me comment away and have fun.

But if you have been directed to read this, you should, because you've violated the policy and I'm close to deleting your comments or have already done so.

If you disagree with me, fine, but know that I have a limit to what I tolerate and reserve the right to delete your comments and ban you from the blog.

Our First Amendment gives you the right to speak, but it doesn't give you the right to be heard. You do not have a right to comment on this or any other blog. To make the point I'm shutting off comments on this post. Let's not, then, have any silly talk about restricting democracy or free speech.

If you can't deal with that then go away. .

On most blogs anything goes, while a few go to great lengths to maintain decorum. I fall somewhere in between the two.

I've been blogging since April of 2005, have written well over a thousand posts, and have received thousands of comments. Throughout that time I've banned less than 4 commenters and deleted less than a dozen comments. That's pretty tolerant, I think.

In fact, if you have time to wade through a few posts, you'll see that I have regular commenters who regularly disagree with me. Study their technique, emulate it, and you'll be fine.

My blog is not your playground, and I reserve the right to delete a specific comment or ban you entirely.

Things that will get your comments deleted include, but are not limited to, foul language, troll-like drive-by behavior, attempts to bait me with questions, and a condescending attitude.

If you make an an actual argument as to why I'm wrong, and use Dale Carnegie techniques while doing so, I'll likely respond. Please also stick to the subject of the post, and don't obsess on tangential issues.

That said, know that while I will respond to most disagreements I don't have time for long-winded never-ending debates. I also like to give commenters the last word. If you want to entertain yourself with the notion that if I don't answer your questions it's because you've stumped me, or if I don't respond to all of your points it's an admission that I'm wrong, just go away right now. I've got a million other things to do in life and it's amazing i get as much posted as I do.

If you have a question or want to discuss this further please contact me by email

Thank you for visiting.

Posted by Tom at April 6, 2009 8:32 PM