In the last few weeks, comment traffic has been high (which I like) so I want to revisit the standards I use when I exercise editorial control of this blog, many of which I have made in the last week.
- I delete all spam and commercial solicitations unless it is a specialized response to an article I wrote, in which case I look at them on a case-by-case basis.
- I will delete or alter (and note the alteration) comments that may be libelous, are factually false or reveal confidential (including pastoral) information. I will not alter your opinions, even if they make you look foolish.
- If a blogger leaves a comment so long and detailed it has the character of a free-standing article, I will often copy it back to the author and suggest it be posted independently and tracked-back.
- I will silently make insubstantial spelling fixes, alter vulgar terms (if I feel like it) and may spell out acronyms. I will also add details to a commenters identity (especially those named Scott) to avoid confusion. Don't expect perfection, as I make these edits as time permits.
- Emotions are valuable, but since Internet text media are so bad at conveying them, I do not approve comments that are primarily emotional outpourings.
- I forbid trolls and sock puppets. I have banned one person who has a history of taking unjust liberties, but this was an extreme case.
- Because I now moderate all comments, I am going back and opening up comments on old articles. Understand, though, I have written more than 1250 articles, so this will take some time. If there is a particular article with closed comments you would like to comment on, email me at bitb at universalistchurch dot net and I will open it up.