Blog comment policy   

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Purpose of comments

The purpose of providing readers with the opportunity to comment at this site is so that they can use well thought out comments to discuss the content of the specific blog entry in question, ask or answer questions about the issues they cover, provide opinions, and enjoy positive, stimulating conversation that is interesting and enjoyable (even when challenging) for all participants. I am reluctant to intervene and remove or edit comments, but if they clearly do not fall within this description they may be removed.

Your first comment will go through a preview prior to posting. I will make every effort to approve a first comment within the hour, but I also have a day job. So sometimes it may be a few hours. After your first comment, as long as you use the same name/email address, it will be automatically approved.  This is a ‘G’ rated blog to encourage our youth to learn as well.  Lets keep it that way.  Cursing will be deleted.

Everyone is welcome to comment (subject to the policy described below), but I’m afraid I can’t guarantee that I’ll interact with every comment or answer every question that people ask. 

User Comments Policy

I will preserve the stated purpose of the comments section in order to maintain a good quality blog and an environment of respect and good faith. If you are going to comment here you will need to follow these rules:

  • Be civil. Rudeness, abuse, flaming or expressions of hatred towards other users will not be tolerated. Do not use profanity. The topics are all family friendly and are meant to spur thought.
  • Stay on topic. This is important. Comments should be on the topic of the blog entryon which you are commenting. Please don’t just bring up whatever you feel like discussing instead. If you have suggestions on topics, please click the Contact button and send me a message. We may use your suggestions.  Comments that stray from the topic are very likely to be removed. Also, if statements are made that need citation or backup data, please provide links.
  • Use your real name, if possible. I know some topics or comments may be discussed that you do not feel comfortable letting other people know who you area.  I have struggled with this too.  However, additional scrutiny will be made for comments that are anonymous or use un-identifying screen names.
  • No mass pasting I have poured my heart, soul, and time into the posts.  It is poor etiquette and in some cases it is not legal to reproduce another person’s work in full. A brief citation with a link for further reading is perfectly adequate.  Sharing links back to this site to social media is perfectly acceptable.
  • Get to the point / no flooding. There is a character limit on blog comments. If you need to write an essay, start a blog. Don’t post back-to-back comments to get around the limit. And don’t post multiple back-to-back comments in reply to the same person, filling the comment thread. Keep it tidy.
  • Do not accuse other blog users of lying or being dishonest just because you do not agree with what they say. By the same token, no lying. Truth is very important at this blog. If you’re found to have lied here, or if it has been demonstrated that your claim about somebody is not true but you continue to make it, you may be banned, and at a minimum your future comments will go into moderation and your further use of this blog may be dependent on you making a public and explicit retraction and apology here at this blog. Also, do not falsely represent yourself as another person. Also, no memes or text from memes will be allowed to be posted.  Comments are to be your own thoughts.
  • Links to other sites may be fine in context, but don’t just post a link in lieu of a comment, or comment in order to link to your site, or another site (this is sometimes called drive by linking). The comments section is for you to take part in a specific discussion.
  • Let it go. There’s nothing worse than reading a discussion where people just repeat their previous comments over and over to ensure that they get the last say. Let’s have quality discussions. If a thread becomes excessively repetitive and it looks like you’re having a hard time letting go, just repeating the same claims without things moving forward or arguing for the sake of arguing, the thread may be closed or you may find your comments being moderated.
  • I promote free discussion. I allow your comments to appear at my blog unless there have been issues in the past with your comments falling outside of the purpose of this blog. 
  • Save your advice. While I am open to advice on running the blog, the comments section is not the place to offer it. The comments section is for discussing the topic of the blog entries or podcast episodes. If you have advice, please click the contact button at the top.
  • Lastly, and this is a biggie – no libel. Do not make accusations against people (whether individual or corporate) unless you can prove it or at least show that there are reasonable grounds for believing it.  If a potentially libelous comment is made, I may seek substantiation from the comment author, and if full substantiation is not provided when requested, the comment will be removed.  No blanket statements (i.e. All Republics…, All immigrants…, etc.) are acceptable.

By commenting at this blog, you assert that your comment conforms to all of these standards, or else it may be removed or edited. If your comment is deemed to have breached these standards and is edited or removed, you may contact me privately about this if you feel you need to. The comments section is not the place to complain about it. Repeatedly violating these standards may result in you losing the privilege of commenting at this blog.

As you’d expect, total discretion is mine in applying the above standards (or any obvious ones that I have missed).

Copyright / Citation Policy

  • I (Jacob White) own the copyright to all the material at this website, including all blog entries or articles and all other pages of any kind, unless I have stated otherwise.
  • You may not reproduce my blog posts in their entirety at another website, in any publication or in any other medium without my written consent and provided all terms of that written consent are adhered to by you.
  • If you’re going to quote this blog, please limit the size of your quotations so that reading the rest of my blog post does not become redundant (this is known as fair use).
  • You’re more than welcome to quote a couple of paragraphs (unless the blog post itself is little more than that), provided you supply your audience with a link to my blog post for further reading. If you wish to reproduce more than this, please seek permission by using the contact link over on the right and we will discuss this.

Breaching the above terms may constitute an infringement on my rights as copyright holder and be treated as such.