Comments are an important part of blogs. They help readers relate to articles by asking questions and building discussion and are even credited with creating some of the strongest online communities today. But, how do you keep everything clean and on topic? Do your users know what to expect? I’m not just talking about common sense and anti-spam practices, I’m talking about a policy or a code of conduct. Do you have one?
We have a comment policy here, and it’s as follows:
Comments will be accepted if they meet the following conditions:
- The comment is not spam.
- The comment is not left solely to drive traffic elsewhere. (Yes, this is spam.)
- The comment is not widely off topic.
- The comment is not obscene or profane.
- The commenter has left a real name or proper screen name. (“Cheap Lawn Chairs” and “Joe @ MyCellPhoneTips.blah” are not real names).
We do use a broad list of moderation keywords, but if your comment is held for moderation and abides by our comment policy, it will be accepted shortly.
By submitting a comment here you agree to the above comment policy and grant this site a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution.
You might notice that we’ve added a handy link to it above our comment form by just editing the theme’s comments template. It’s just about as easy as typing the desired text above the form fields. If you’d rather not get your hands dirty in the template, and you have a WordPress blog, try Comment License.
So, do you have a comment policy? If so, we’d love to hear what it is! If you don’t, what guidelines do you use to manage comments on your blog?