Here is some legal stuff that I’m supposed to tell you . . .
Everything on the site is my opinion (except comments written by others, which are their opinions). I have very strong opinions about a lot of things, and I’m not shy about expressing them. At times, you may not agree with these opinions, or how I choose to express them. This is not my problem.
I make no claims as toward being even-handed, fair, or nice. I write what I want here. Your being offended is not a reason for me to stop writing as I choose.
I run this site as I please. You do not get a vote. Sorry if that hurts your feelings, but that’s If you try to suggest that you do, I may be rude to you.
I wrote this policy back when I first started this site and I had nearly 10,000 comments. This was before the site crashed and I had to completely rebuild. Now that I’m actually starting to get comments again, I thought it would be a good time to put it back up.
My comments policy is as follows . . .
You are welcome to comment. I like comment threads with a wide spread of thoughts and opinions, and I take what I feel is well-justified pride in the general high quality of the comment threads on the site. I prefer to take a light hand at comment moderation, and thanks to excellent commenters, I am usually able to do just that.
That said, you have no right to free speech on this site. This is my personal site, and I am not the United States government. I reserve the right to edit all comments, and to moderate all comment threads, as I see fit. Your comment is more likely to be edited, moderated or deleted if it contains phobic content (based on race, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, etc), is a personal attack or threat toward another commenter, is entirely unrelated to the entry topic, features more than a “fair use” amount of someone else’s copyrighted work, has such poor grammar and spelling that it annoys me, is an obvious piece of trollage, or if I find it or you obnoxious and decide I’ve had enough. Don’t like it? Don’t comment. Simple.
A good rule of thumb is to comment as if the person to whom you are commenting is standing in front of you, is built like a linebacker, and has both a short temper and excellent legal representation.
During comment moderation I will sometimes tell people to “move on.” That means they should not comment further in that particular thread. Subsequent posts in the thread by those people will likely be deleted. They may comment in other threads as they will. Likewise, if I say that a particular conversation thread is off topic and needs to be wrapped up, I will likely delete followups.
Aside from two cases noted below, I do not moderate comments before they are published. If your comment is dropped into the moderation queue unexpectedly, you have probably triggered a spam filter, either by using a black-listed word or phrase or by posting three or more links in an entry, or you’ve posted a comment on a thread more than 30 days old. If this happens, don’t panic; I’ll release your entry sooner than later. If your comment is not released in a day, I may have accidentally deleted it. Sorry. Please post it again.
Here are the special cases regarding moderation. One: If you’re getting on my bad side by making bad comment posts, I will warn you to behave. Behave. If you don’t, you may be dropped into the moderation queue (i.e., I read your comments and decide whether to publish them). If you behave, you’ll be let out eventually. If you don’t, you’ll be banned. Two: If you’re obviously a troll, I may put you into moderation without warning you. If you are a troll it is unlikely you will behave, so you probably won’t ever get out of moderation.
Oh, one other moderation special case: If you attach a picture or video file/URL to your comment, it’ll likely go into moderation until I can check out the file to make sure it’s appropriate for the thread.
I participate in comment threads. Fire away at me. You need to be aware that I respond to tone as well as content. If you’re polite, I’ll be polite. If you’re a jackass, I’ll be a jackass back. If you argue poorly, I may correct you. If you want to gauge my levels of tolerance, watch how others comment to me and triangulate accordingly.
With the exception of comments moderated or deleted for the reasons noted above, I do not delete comments. Also, while I will occasionally go in and fix formatting on someone’s comment, I won’t go in and remove links or other information you’ve put into the post that I would not otherwise delete for moderating purposes. If you’re not willing to have your words and deeds stay on the site for as long as it exists (not to mention as long as archives of the Internet over which I have no control exist), don’t comment.
My email policy is a strict but friendly little policy, straight and to the point. Email is by far the best way, and most certainly the easiest way to get a a hold of me.
Trying to get a hold of me on social media is about the same as sending your message down a black hole. I get literally hundreds of direct messages a day on most of my social sites, and thousands of messages a day on Twitter. I very rarely ever read the personal messages that I receive on social media. If I know the person sending the message, I answer back as soon as I see the message. Everything else gets deleted.
If you really want to get a hold of me, send me an email here.
If you don’t hear from me within a week, give it 10 days at the outside, feel free to send me another email. There are those times when I get a little backed up on my email. After all, I’m only superhuman.
Also, I should let you know that I delete any spam that I receive that hasn’t been caught by my spam filters. Spammers email and IP addresses are banned from this domain permanently.
I, Chris Blackwood, do not retain any of your information on this site for any commercial or technical purpose. I don’t sell ads here, so I don’t run third party software for that purpose. Obviously any comments you make on this are public and can be seen by others, including me.
All of your data is securely stored in an encrypted database. The site sends out daily updates automatically. I can do nothing else with the information in this database. If you ask me to remove you from the list, I can do that immediately. Beyond that, I can do nothing else.