To avoid the “to spam or not to spam” quandary when dealing with certain comments my blog posts receive, I’m laying out a comment policy in plain English.
- Use your real name. (Don’t like your real name? Use your handle, like the one you use on Twitter.) Don’t use my comments section to get keyword-rich text linking back to your site. Take a mommy blogger tip, and put both your name AND your site name in the name field. i.e. Christina Gleason @ Phenomenal Content – I have no problem with that.
- Don’t leave a generic comment that doesn’t discuss the topic of the post you’re commenting on. Generic = spam, and I’m not stupid. Fool me once, shame on you… I’m not getting fooled twice. Comment on what I’ve said in the post, or your comment will get spammed.
- While debate is good, flaming is not. If you try to incite a flame war on my blog, your comment will be summarily, and without ceremony, deleted. If you post something libelous or offensive, and I tend to get offended on the behalf of other people, your comment will be deleted. So please leave your bigotry and hateful comments at the door.