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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dell’s Comment Policy Review - Effective Yesterday

Dell’s Comment Policy Review

Effective Yesterday

By Dell Hill

Spammers, robo puking software, and a few foul-mouthed individual readers have discovered Dell’s Bottom Line Blog.  While the success of the blog is certainly encouraging, the crowd it attracts sometimes is not.  

The blog may be new, but the blogger is not.  I learned years ago that allowing open comments was inviting disaster.  That’s why the comments here are moderated by me before they appear in print. That’s a pain in the rump, but there’s no other way to prevent the vile, the ad hominem, and the constant flow of SPAM from ruining a family friendly atmosphere.

Officially, here’s the policy:

Dell’s Bottom Line Blog appreciates your comments that abide by the following guidelines:

1.  Avoid profanities or foul language unless it is contained in a necessary quote or is relevant to the comment.  There are plenty of blogs that allow foul language; this is not one of them.

2.  Stay on topic.  Hijacking a thread is an easily recognized debate tactic and will be considered “off topic”.

3.  Disagree, but avoid ad hominem attacks.

4.  Threats are treated seriously and reported to law enforcement.  The publisher is a former law enforcement officer and will report, in affidavit form, any and all such behavior.

5.  Spam and advertising are not permitted in the comments area.

6.  User names that are hyper-links are seriously frowned upon and are almost always filtered out.  If you wish to promote your blog or web site here, post that request in the body of your text and said requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Links that result in a re-direct are strictly prohibited.

7.  Readers assume total responsibility for clicking on links posted on this blog, including those which might appear in the comments section. Every effort is made by the publisher to post safe links, however, it’s much too easy for any web site to be safe one day and riddled with malware the next.  The security of your computer is your responsibility.

These guidelines are very general and cannot cover every possible situation. Please don't assume that Dell’s Bottom Line Blog management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment.  We reserve the right to filter or delete comments or to deny posting privileges entirely at our discretion.  Comments are reviewed by the publisher and may not be posted immediately.  In all cases, the decision of the Publisher is final.

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