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I think it's time for me to institute a comment policy. I already had something like one on my user info page, but I'm not sure how many people look at that.

Comment policy

I like comments, especially those that disagree with me or challenge me to think further, as such comments encourage me to grow and learn. I don't like or need comments that undermine my narrative of my own experience or suggest, no matter how subtly, that I or my friends aren't fully human or shouldn't be treated equally to others; as abuse doesn't encourage me to grow and learn. This journal is heavily moderated; if you object to that, please seek out a different forum.

If you comment, I have a few requests:

  1. Refrain from phobic or discriminatory speech, or speech that (in the words of s.e. smith) suggests that "people don't deserve autonomy, dignity, and a place in society."
  2. Refrain from comments that have the effect of silencing or derailing (see Derailing for Dummies for additional examples).
  3. As a corollary, refrain from questioning the existence of privilege or systematic oppression. There are many resources available online and offline for learning about these issues.
  4. Provide a name or pseudonym that reflects a consistent online presence (as opposed to so-called "throwaway" or "sockpuppet" identities).
My journal settings don't allow comments that are completely anonymous, but it's easy to set up an effectively anonymous account, though I'll still see your IP address. I do screen all comments from people not on my Dreamwidth access lists. The last rule isn't hard-and-fast, as there are good reasons for allowing anonymous comments. However, if you violate rule #1 and/or #2, and do it anonymously, I’m very unlikely to publish your comment. If you violate rules #1 or #2 repeatedly, I will ban your account from commenting.

Just as I'm allowed to decide who's allowed in and what goes on in my living room, the same goes for my journal. I reserve the right to:

  1. Moderate comments from people not known to me.
  2. Not publish your comment at all or delete it after it’s been published.
  3. Restrict comments for a particular post, or never allow them in the first place.
  4. Make any comments on this blog public, even when I have screening enabled by default. When you write a comment on this blog, you should assume it will be visible to everyone on the Web. (This doesn't apply to respectful comments if you explicitly ask that they not be made public.)
  5. Repost any comment as part of a public post. (See previous item.)
  6. Modify these rules at any time.
This policy is adapted from Christie Koehler's comment policy.

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Date: 2012-07-07 05:58 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] biscuit1001
One of the most impressive comment policies I've ever seen. I'm not familiar with Christie Koehler, but I don't get out much. :)

Brings to mind some of the inane disagreements I've had with people via social media, who think that free speech means they can verbally crap all over me and my Facebook account or LJ blog, and if I delete their comments I am *ahem* "practicing censorship." It's a wonder people with that way of thinking ever graduated kindergarten.

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Date: 2012-07-07 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] biscuit1001
I had to delete my Yammer ("Facebook for work") account because of this and because you can't block people on it.

They don't let you block/ignore people on it? Lovely.

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Date: 2012-07-07 06:23 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] biscuit1001
Agreed. Or have it moderated. That just seems like an accident (and harassment suit) waiting to happen.

I found this amusing. The ability to block users on Yammer was suggested in 2009 (and I'm sure plenty of other times, also). It's listed as "under review" on March 6, 2012. I gotta wonder if the talks with Microsoft started in March....

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Date: 2012-07-08 07:50 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] biscuit1001
But we're a community and should know how to respect each other without rules! That only works if everyone's a cis het able-bodied white man from an upper-middle-class background, you say?

Nope, not even for them. :)) If that were true, we would need no government, no federal, state and local laws. Humans, especially encmasse, have no flippin clue where the boundaries are. That's why they have to be told, and punished when they color outside of the lines.

I read an article recently...and I may have got the link from your blog here, but it was spot on.


That kind of "we should know how to respect everyone without being told to" mentality reminds me of parents who think children are going to raise themselves. That doesn't work so well, either.

comment policy recursion

Date: 2012-07-09 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] transitivity
I enjoy how your and Christie's comment policies are -- in a weak sense -- mutually recursive. At least it's guarded recursion ;-)


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