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 policyI 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:
- 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."
- Refrain from comments that have the effect of silencing or derailing (see Derailing for Dummies for additional examples).
- 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.
- Provide a name or pseudonym that reflects a consistent online presence (as opposed to so-called "throwaway" or "sockpuppet" identities).
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:
- Moderate comments from people not known to me.
- Not publish your comment at all or delete it after it’s been published.
- Restrict comments for a particular post, or never allow them in the first place.
- 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.)
- Repost any comment as part of a public post. (See previous item.)
- Modify these rules at any time.