Comment Policy 7-22-05It's Friday and so a slow day according to the reports I get from my server so I'm going to do a little notice regarding the comment policy here at InShaw.
1. Pleeeeeeeeeease initial or ID your posts. It is a pet peeve of mine when people don't stand behind their words.
2. Censor foul language. With the exception of f*ck, if it wouldn't show up in the Washington Post, don't type it here.
3. For certain posts there might be extra limits on the direction of comments. Please abide by them.
4. The Webmistress reserves all rights to remove comments, stop any more comments, or not have any comments for posts.
Failure to recognize 1-3 may result in the comments being deleted. Really depends on my mood.
Long boring version-
When I tell people about InShaw, I say that it's a blog where I complain and make observations about life in the neighborhood. Early on I had no comments, mainly because Blogger didn't offer it. Then I just allowed other Blogger people to comment, but that was unfair to non-Blogger subscribers. So then I opened it to everyone and their grandma. The comment feature allow others to chime in on my complaints and observations. Commenters have pointed out mistakes or errors, and have added more or better information than what I posted. For that, thanks.
Many of you are familiar with my pet peeves. People not initialing or claiming their posts is a big one. Comes with letting everyone and their dog comment. Sometimes these things attract a comment conversation and it really helps to keep track of who is who.
Second, I will admit I am a prude, so no foul language. You can hint at it but not just have it out there.
Third, there may be posts where I ask commenters to stay away from certain things. Recently with the capture of a suburban vandal I asked folks not to use his handle simply to avoid having my site come up when he Googles himself. Also I think I know what will bug or anger me enough that I will erase comments. I think it is fair to give folks a heads up.
Lastly, it's my site and I can do what ever I want. However, I do try to exercise some restraint on the deleting of comments. If you need an outlet to express yourself that would run counter to my comment policy, by all means join a neighborhood discussion group or get your own blog. My goal is not to silence you but rather create a space that is pleasing to me.