I blacklisted my first person today.  I’ve tried to be pretty open about comments.  I do not want to go to moderating all comments, and the majority of all who comment here have been great.  I do want to lay out a couple of guidelines.

  • It is perfectly ok to disagree with me, that isn’t why this person got blacklisted even though I’m sure that is why he thinks he was.  I actually with a number of posts expect some to disagree.  What I also expect is that we disagree in an agreeable manner.  I will not tolerate personal attacks on myself or others who comment (name calling and other offensive remarks).  Let’s keep to the issue or post at hand.
  • This hasn’t been a problem, but I thought I would include it – no vulgar language (profanity, sexist or racist remarks, etc.) will be permitted.  You are free to use it, but as the blog owner I’m free to delete your comment and blacklist you if you are a habitual offender.
  • Please don’t comment numerous times when nobody is responding to you.  Let’s call this for what it is – spam.  I understand a couple of comments in a row if you forget to include something, have a typo, etc.  But commenting 4,5, 6 times or more (in a row, without a response) is excessive.  I try to respond to comments as quickly as I can.

We’ll keep the guidelines at that, and hopefully I won’t need to add to this list.  I, as the blog owner, reserve the right to delete any comment I deem inappropriate.

Most of you who read this are perfectly fine and this isn’t intended for you.  I just wanted to lay this out because I really, really do not want to have to approve every comment on this blog.

Thanks for your understanding.

Update: I just added Disqus to help me manage comments.  It has a lot of good features for moderating comments, but it also includes my trackback URI for those of you who link here to make it easier to send me a pingback.  You can comment without having a Disqus profile/account – it allows you to do that.  So you don’t have to do anything differently.

25 comments
  1. Comment Policy sounds great. Isn’t it frustrating what an annoying few force on the rest of us? On a different note, I really enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the good work.

    I’ve just started a new blog that will be highlighting the dangerous advances of the secular progressive movement (pro-gay “rights”, pro-abortion, anti-religious freedoms, etc). Unfortunately, most Christians still don’t know what’s going on out there and the mainstream media certainly isn’t covering it.

    We’re looking to build a solid group of social conservatives (especially Mike Huckabee supporters) who’ll frequent our site regularly and contribute to some good discussions. I hope you’ll check us out!

    If you’ll add us to your blogroll we’ll gladly add you to ours. Just drop us a comment over at our blog so that we’ll know to add you. Our blog is called Religion and Morality.

    Thanks!

    Chris Schandevels last blog post..New Study Finds Direct Link Between Church Attendance and Significantly Lower Suicide Risks

  2. Comment Policy sounds great. Isn’t it frustrating what an annoying few force on the rest of us? On a different note, I really enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the good work.

    I’ve just started a new blog that will be highlighting the dangerous advances of the secular progressive movement (pro-gay “rights”, pro-abortion, anti-religious freedoms, etc). Unfortunately, most Christians still don’t know what’s going on out there and the mainstream media certainly isn’t covering it.

    We’re looking to build a solid group of social conservatives (especially Mike Huckabee supporters) who’ll frequent our site regularly and contribute to some good discussions. I hope you’ll check us out!

    If you’ll add us to your blogroll we’ll gladly add you to ours. Just drop us a comment over at our blog so that we’ll know to add you. Our blog is called Religion and Morality.

    Thanks!

    Chris Schandevels last blog post..New Study Finds Direct Link Between Church Attendance and Significantly Lower Suicide Risks

  3. Guess common sense isn’t so common. I mean, it didn’t take me much time visiting this site to realize this wasn’t a place to swear at or get rowdy…even though I often do both at my own.

    And Lord knows you and I have disagreed seriously on a couple issues without either of us having to get nasty.

    Eh, trolls find their way everywhere eventually.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Cleansed by Fire, Part 33

  4. Guess common sense isn’t so common. I mean, it didn’t take me much time visiting this site to realize this wasn’t a place to swear at or get rowdy…even though I often do both at my own.

    And Lord knows you and I have disagreed seriously on a couple issues without either of us having to get nasty.

    Eh, trolls find their way everywhere eventually.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Cleansed by Fire, Part 33

  5. I have found you very tolerant of opposing views and willing to engage in discussion. I admire that. it is a shame you have had to take a draconian step to preserve a standard of integrity that many take for granted but are willing to ignore when expedient.

    AndyCs last blog post..An Uncomfortable Feeling

  6. I have found you very tolerant of opposing views and willing to engage in discussion. I admire that. it is a shame you have had to take a draconian step to preserve a standard of integrity that many take for granted but are willing to ignore when expedient.

    AndyCs last blog post..An Uncomfortable Feeling

  7. I deleted a comment a week or so ago because they got personal and nasty. Haven’t heard anymore from them.

    I don’t mind deleting a comment every now and then.. beats having to moderate them.

    Once I had a Christian blast me on their blog using the bible to justify their judgmental drivel. Guess nastiness comes in many flavors.

    On a positive, I really enjoy a civil debate.. I feel that I am a better person.. I learn to listen and respond to an opposing view.. many times I find that I am wrong.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Religious Abortion Views

  8. I deleted a comment a week or so ago because they got personal and nasty. Haven’t heard anymore from them.

    I don’t mind deleting a comment every now and then.. beats having to moderate them.

    Once I had a Christian blast me on their blog using the bible to justify their judgmental drivel. Guess nastiness comes in many flavors.

    On a positive, I really enjoy a civil debate.. I feel that I am a better person.. I learn to listen and respond to an opposing view.. many times I find that I am wrong.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Religious Abortion Views

  9. @Chris – thanks for stopping by, and hopefully you saw my comment on your blog about exchanging links.

    @Deacon – you are so right about common sense, it seems to be a rare commodity in some circles.

    @Andy – thanks!

    @Kansas Bob – I’ve deleted comments before as well, but he kept coming back leaving more mean-spirited comments so I decided I needed to blacklist his IP address. First time I’ve felt like I needed to do that, but this guy was getting completely unhinged at me due to a severe case of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Apparently I am a lousy Christian because I thought there were some things I could thank President Bush for. Didn’t want to do that, but I saw this guy being an ongoing problem.

  10. @Chris – thanks for stopping by, and hopefully you saw my comment on your blog about exchanging links.

    @Deacon – you are so right about common sense, it seems to be a rare commodity in some circles.

    @Andy – thanks!

    @Kansas Bob – I’ve deleted comments before as well, but he kept coming back leaving more mean-spirited comments so I decided I needed to blacklist his IP address. First time I’ve felt like I needed to do that, but this guy was getting completely unhinged at me due to a severe case of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Apparently I am a lousy Christian because I thought there were some things I could thank President Bush for. Didn’t want to do that, but I saw this guy being an ongoing problem.

  11. I like that blacklist IPA ability Sahne. While we are on the subject of comments 🙂

    What do you think is the appropriate amount of time to allow for someone to respond to a comment? This is especially appropriate for blogs like yours that do not have the ability to email followup comments.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Jesus on Prayer

  12. I like that blacklist IPA ability Sahne. While we are on the subject of comments 🙂

    What do you think is the appropriate amount of time to allow for someone to respond to a comment? This is especially appropriate for blogs like yours that do not have the ability to email followup comments.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Jesus on Prayer

  13. I guess I don’t really have a guideline for that. The authors of the blog posts here have comments e-mailed to them so we know. I personally don’t respond if it has been a month or so since I wrote the post.

    I’m going to have to look for a plug-in to enable e-mail follow-up comments. It would be good to have that capability.

  14. I guess I don’t really have a guideline for that. The authors of the blog posts here have comments e-mailed to them so we know. I personally don’t respond if it has been a month or so since I wrote the post.

    I’m going to have to look for a plug-in to enable e-mail follow-up comments. It would be good to have that capability.

  15. I’d been using the SABRE plugin as a two-edged sword until I switched to Disqus as the comment engine. Not only did it catch bogus registrants, but it also allowed me to post an acceptable use policy that users had to agree to in order to be able to comment. Now, with Disqus, I don’t have to have people register to comment, and I still have the ability to blacklist and delete garbage.

    Some of the same issues came up in a discussion over on Marcus Goodyears’s blog recently.

    Ricks last blog post..God of whose understanding?

  16. I’d been using the SABRE plugin as a two-edged sword until I switched to Disqus as the comment engine. Not only did it catch bogus registrants, but it also allowed me to post an acceptable use policy that users had to agree to in order to be able to comment. Now, with Disqus, I don’t have to have people register to comment, and I still have the ability to blacklist and delete garbage.

    Some of the same issues came up in a discussion over on Marcus Goodyears’s blog recently.

    Ricks last blog post..God of whose understanding?

  17. Made the jump to Disqus! So far so good except I can't get my dumb avatar to change. I've uploaded a new picture, but insists on using the one I uploaded when I first opened the account for another blog I read.

  18. That's a minor one to fix – but as you may have noticed, CommentLuv no longer works properly (it did store previous addenda properly, but will not work at all once you install Disqus) – a minor irritant.

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