You might feel that this is a lot of rules for a blog – I used to feel the same way, but experience has taught me differently so, now, especially as everything that appears in this blog reflects on me, for good or ill, we have rules. I don’t believe that they’re onerous. As you can see, this is mainly a list of prohibitions, but this still leaves a vast amount of scope for posting a comment and getting it published.
I would, though, ask you to bear in mind that Comments mean just that – this isn’t the place to indulge in long or off-topic conversations with others – please exchange email addresses or FB links if you want to chat.
In addition to the points below, I won’t respond to the type of comments which I have specifically asked you not to post in this message.
1. This is not a democracy – the only absolute right to free speech, here, is mine.
1a. If you don’t like my blog, that’s fine by me, it’s your right, just stop reading it and go away. Don’t read post after post and leave comments bitching and whining about them (especially comments that show, clearly, that you haven’t actually read them at all – not with any degree of comprehension, at least), because they’ll be binned unread after the first one.
2. Of paramount importance is this – comments accusing me of helping people to fiddle the benefits system, no matter how polite they are, will be treated with the contempt that they deserve.
3. Please be brief – I’m seriously ill and don’t have the energy to spare for dealing with long comments. Over-long comments, especially those presenting a viewpoint diametrically opposed to mine won’t be published.
3a. Because I am not in the business of providing a platform for others – go write your own blog.
4. If you disagree with me, show me where I’m wrong – I want proof, not just your opinion which, after all, is no more valid than my opinion, with which you are disagreeing. Show me I’m wrong, and I’ll correct my text – there are a number of posts where I’ve done just that.
5. This is a blog, not a forum. Comments soliciting the opinions of others won’t be published.
5a. In the same vein, holding extended conversations with third parties is inappropriate – it’s not what the Comments section is for. If you want to talk to people ask them to Skype, IM or DM you, then you can swap email addresses. I’ll publish your email address if you specifically ask me to, but I accept no responsibility for the consequences.
6. Comments that stray from the subject of the post won’t be published.
6a. Comments which are incomprehensible will be binned. There are one or two regular commenters who, sadly, fall into this category – sorry guys, but if I don’t know what you’re on about, nobody else will
6b. Comments which are libellous won’t be published, no matter how much the person libelled might warrant it! I value my blog too much.
7. Comments based on the premise that I’m wrong and you’re right will be consigned to oblivion, as there is no scope for discussion or consensus. Nor do I have the energy to spare/waste. This isn’t a debating chamber.
8. Pointless and irrelevant comments will be binned too, as will those submitted to the wrong post (with rare exceptions).
9. And it should go without saying that abusive and needlessly argumentative comments will never see the light of day.
10. Comments which are clearly grinding a personal axe won’t be published (again, with some exceptions, based purely on merit).
11. Comments, no matter how flattering, that are designed simply to publish a website or blog link – i.e. Spam – won’t be published. How dumb do you think I am?
Finally – more an observation than a rule – anybody who manages to track down my email address and emails me, uninvited, will earn my ire; the email will be binned and the sender tagged as spam and blacklisted (it’ll have to be pretty special not to be).
And do bear in mind that the opinions expressed by others in comments are not my opinions.