Update to Comments policy
Update to Comments Policy 10/19/11:
I have tried to give greater latitude when it comes to allowing comments that are off-topic but I have decided to really crack down when it concerns comments about other bloggers. Unless I am specifically commenting about something another blogger wrote or said, I really don’t think it’s in anyone’s interests to allow off-topic comments about them. There are several reasons for this.
One, the comments are usually about something I already addressed. Why would I want to address it again? That’s beyond boring. It’s annoying. Allowing someone to make comments just to try to derail the topic at hand and bludgeon someone not part of the conversation is uninteresting and usually obnoxious.
Two, it’s not fair to the subject of the attack. As much as I flatter myself, even I don’t have the ego to believe every blogger in Wisconsin is checking every comment on my site to see if they’ve been mentioned.
Three, did I mention it’s boring? Tedious, even. You might care if another commenter at Badger Blogger was mean to you or if Cindy Kilkenny
is coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs rapacious for Reese’s Peanut Butter cereal*. I really don’t. If I did, I would write a blog post about it. Or I might leave a comment at their website. Or I might send them an e-mail. I might even call them on the phone (politely, of course).
Four, I really don’t have time to research every complaint about another blogger. It’s not my job to play blog police.
As part of this policy, let me add that I’m not going to bother notifying people that their comment is sitting unapproved in a trash file. This policy is partly about my convenience and your violation of my policy is inconveniencing me. Why should I add to my inconvenience?
If you have a problem with another blogger, take it up with them. If you really think I would be interested in some issue, send me an e-mail and I’ll consider it. Otherwise, take your complaining someplace else.
* Kilkenny informs me she considers Cocoa Puffs too one-dimensional. Unfortunately I lose the repetitive K sound, but correction noted.