Comments Policy

I’m beginning to see that there is a real spectrum of ways in which blog readers view and use the comments sections of blogs.

These range from ignoring them completely through to abusing them completely by automatically posting thousands of self serving and irrelevant comments with links to often pretty crude sites.

Along the spectrum between ignoring comments and spam are many many different approaches to comments by readers. Each blogger has their own standards of what is and isn’t acceptable on their blog – some allow virtually any comment – others have language standards, others don’t allow signature links etc.

I’m totally fine with the variety of approaches to comments – however I want to communicate to readers of this blog where I stand:


1. I love comments on this blog – they are as important as anything I write myself. They add to the knowledge and community that we have here. If you want to comment then you’re more than welcome – whether you feel you are a beginner or an expert – feel free to have you say.

2. I delete spam – I have spam filters in place which automatically catch the majority of automated spam comments. I don’t put up with it and if any slip through the filters I delete it immediately.

3. Relevant links in comments are actively encouraged – if you’re leaving a comment on my blogs and want to point to a link on your own or someone else’s site that is relevant to the topic then please feel free to do so. This adds to the conversation and improves the blog.

4. Irrelevant links are not encouraged – if you leave a comment with a link in it that has no relevance to the post you’re commenting on it could be be deleted.

5. I allow signatures in comments – I decided not to delete comments with signatures as long as the comments were relevant and added something to the conversation. iI you write a comment that says ‘nice’ or ‘good post’ or ‘great blog’ or ‘try viagra’ and then leave a signature on your comment then it could well be deleted.

My advice to those commenting on blogs (not just mine) is that in a sense you’re visiting someone else’s home when you leave a comment. Comments have the ability to build up our tear down your reputation. They are a permanent record of who you are and what you stand for – so take care – be gracious – make sure they add value (not only to the blog you’re visiting but also to your own online profile).

So, keep those comments flowing!!

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7 Responses

  1. I am a new follower of your blog. My dad is 66 years old and has LBD, diagnosed almost 2 years ago. Of course, I have done all my homework – reading, dementia classes, etc. because I want to know all I can. You blog, however, gives me greater insight and perspective than anything else and I am so grateful for your willingness to share. Please know that your blog helps people like me in ways you will probably never know. I thank God for you, your life and your openness.

    With a grateful heart,
    Beth B.
    Columbia, SC

    • Beth………….thanks kindly. I appreciate the comments. It confirms that my goal of wanting to help others as well as myself with the blog is working!

      David

  2. Thank you for making commenters feel so welcome! I like the analogy you make between commenting on blogs and visiting a person’s home.

    And it’s also good to see you back to normal – or so it seems from this post. I found the “chickens laying eggs in bright light” and the “missing Wednesday” posts a bit worrying.

    Just one question – what is a “comment signature”? I haven’t come across the term before.

    • I used “comment signature” term as placing your name in the blank when you make a comment. Elderly lady in trainingis my idea of a “comment signature.” I probably should have worded if differently in the post.

      David

  3. Oops! I’ve just found the/an answer to my question at

    http://www.ajvaynerchuk.com/articles/how-to-make-a-blog-comment-signature.php

    I am convinced that if you try hard enough you can find out anything you want to know on the internet – and usually for free. I just can’t get over how lucky we internet users all are in that respect.

    • Good job! So I am incorrect. Thanks for clarifying this. I like it. To summarize the article:

      What is a blog comment signature?
      A blog comment signature is a short “about me and my website” at the end of a blog comment. Typically one will include their real name, a title tag, and a link to their website. I personally also like to add a relevant or hot link after my regular link to provide a more targeted or more exciting exit for the reader.
      An example of a blog comment signature
      ——————–
      AJ Vaynerchuk
      Owner: Wiitube
      http:// www. wiitube. com
      Check out Wiitube Games and Reviews

  4. Thank you David for replying to my comments.

    I wonder whether in writing “comment signature” you were thinking “pseudonym”?

    I sometimes wonder whether using a pseudonym is good or bad. There seem to be lots of pros and cons. For the time being, however, I stick with Elderly lady in training, even though it’s rather cumbersome, because that is exactly what I am!

    And please keep up the good work!

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