Given the recent variety of, shall we say, diverse comments I regularly receive for moderation, I thought it best to tighten up my rather loose comment policy. I first looked around at what others blogging websites do. Some are pretty tight, some unmoderated and some don't do comments (they let social media websites host the comments).
My thinking now runs along the lines of keeping comments on the topic of the post. If a comment diverges too far from the original subject of the post, then it will not be posted
For example, if a post appears on a folkloric aspect of the monster and a comment arrives about a Loch Ness Monster photograph, it is not likely to get approved - unless the comment argues a link between the two to the moderator's satisfaction.
Comments on subjects which have been discussed amply in previous articles and comments are likely to be rejected unless they can prove a new angle.
Comments which are general thanks and praise will be approved. We like those!
Comments which disagree with an article without giving a specific reason will be rejected. Note that generic reasons such as "I don't believe in the Loch Ness Monster" are not good enough.
Comments which are part acceptable but violate in others areas may be rejected.
Comments which make no sense, semantically or grammatically will be rejected.
Comments which the moderator deems weak, divisive, pedantic, libellous or trolling will be rejected.
Comments judged too large will be rejected.
Comments may not be approved immediately - I reserve the right of first refusal on replying to some comments which may involve a delay.
Comments may not be approved immediately - I may be on holiday, ill or involved in more important tasks.
Comments about conspiracy theories will be rejected.
Users who begin to hog and clutter the comments section of an article will be rejected - unless the subject is deemed important by the moderator.
If a comment wishes to alert the moderator to a news item or piece of information which he is not aware of, these may not be published but may be acknowledged. It is better to contact the moderator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Likewise, if you have a genuine question, email is preferred to a comment.
If you think your comment was rejected for the wrong reasons, you can email but ultimately it's not your blog and the Internet has plenty of other spaces for you to publish your thoughts!
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Have a nice day.