Friday, March 9, 2007

Commenting etiquette (includes email info)

I know it's a little odd to be putting this up when no one's saying much in the comments, but I just got my first commercial comment (I deleted it.) So, after thinking about what Phantom has on her site, here's what I want my rules to be:

First: be nice to each other (and to me, naturally). Disagreements should be expressed in civil language. Try to listen carefully before you respond.

Second: if you're going to link to a commercial website, please let that be in service of something other than advertising your own goods and services. As you might notice, the name of my own business doesn't appear here, not only because I'm wary of staffers using search engines but also because I don't want this to be a commercial space. No shameless self-promotion!

Caveat to second: because I can imagine a day when this blog has its own community and someone wanted to let others know about a reading, performance, conference, book release, etc., tell me about it, and let me do that kind of promoting for you. You can email me at scallen3 at America OnLine. Abbreviate and provide the usual domain name as appropriate, of course.

Third: Phantom asks everyone to introduce themselves to her on her blog before they comment. I think this creates a nice home-y atmosphere over there, but I don't yet have enough people commenting that I think that kind of hostessing is necessary. But if things get out of hand, I reserve the right to institute it later on.

And yes, I'll delete freely if I think I want to.

6 comments:

Phantom Scribbler said...

Very good idea to set your comment policy early on! It took me quite awhile to get mine formulated. But I was lucky -- I think the "my house" metaphor has served to remind commenters that we're all real people and should treat each other accordingly. And that may be why I have had very little inappropriate behavior take place on the blog. Of course, I have been ruthless with the delete button whenever I deem it necessary...

S. said...

The credit for setting it early goes to you: reading yours had me thinking about it before I started blogging. :) And I do think you have a very comfy blog!

Genevieve said...

Hi Sheila! I'm enjoying your blog, particularly the bookstore and toddler parts.

S. said...

Thanks, Genevieve! Glad you're reading.

(un)relaxeddad said...

A slightly different problem I went through was a period when it seemed that I couldn't post something mildly critical of a particular product or whatever without having a PR apparatchik post some sort of huge press release that invaribly bore no relation to the content of my original post. Very irritating. Oh well. That's what the delete key is for.

Still Born said...

My name is Malleigh and I'm not an alcoholic, thought that's not to say that it isn't one of my loftier aspirations. I write about adoption and I'm credited with being 'transparent'. I love bipimbap, Mastiffs, airplanes, and building things. I have a stick.