When we write a blog post, it’s obviously our point of view. Once it’s in the open, though, it then becomes a shared point of view with you, the readers – and your point of view is what builds the discussions around a post. Sometimes you’ll agree with us; other times, not so much. And that’s what makes the comments after a post such a fervent breeding ground for ideas.
We don’t mind if you attack us for our views (within professional reason). Heck, we’re big and ugly enough to take your shots, and it shows us that you’re passionate about a topic – and we would never discourage passion.
Besides, we’re the people that’s invoked that reaction, so if it’s an attack, let’s have it open and unfiltered (although keeping it respectful would be nice).
What we won’t accept, however, is attacking other commenters. They’re like you – simply offering an additional view on the starting topic. By all means, attack us – the blog is our home and as the owners, we’re responsible for what goes on inside. But attacking another commenter – that’s poor form.
We’re firm believers in an open comment policy; we don’t moderate before publication, because we feel that stints genuine interaction and conversation. Going by the conversations that have happened over the months at other blogs where we write, it would appear that most agree.
Let’s play nice and keep it that way. Like we say, attack us if you wish – as the instigator of discussion, we’re open to all views and words. But let’s treat the guests (and that includes you) nicely. Otherwise, you will be moderated and deleted where we feel it’s applicable. Continue to be abusive and you will be banned.
The same goes for comments that include slanderous or libelous statements. As the owners of this blog, we’re responsible for what’s posted here, so we won’t allow allegations that could result in legal action – these comments will be removed.
And let’s keep the bigotry, hate, sexism, profanity and all that other fun stuff off here too. You want that, hit up TechCrunch, YouTube or similar. Oh, and no affiliate links in the comments, please – instead, feel free to point to any blog posts you’ve written about a particular affiliate program.
Last updated October 31 2011.