Comment Policy and Principle

Trolls Look Like ThisThere is one rule for comments on The Anti-Social Media:

This is my blog, and I can and will moderate comments at anytime, for any reason, with or without explanation.

I’m not proud of where my comments have gone the past couple of days. I don’t blog to get into arguments. I blog about things that interest me in social media and to discuss them with my peers. Sometimes I take a radical and satirical approach to those topics, so I expect to hear from people who disagree with me. That’s what happens when people have ideas and talk about them.

However, there’s a difference in trying to get me or any other author to see a different point of view and baiting someone for an emotional response.  One is what we do in civilized societies that reach for goals higher goals. The other is what bullies and assholes do to break other people down.

The internet has enough bullies and assholes. I am not letting them on my blog.

Write comments that would make my mother proud. Not your mother. Mine.

I don’t know your mother. She could be mean.

If you have a problem with my policy or my actions talk to me or get your own blog to rant on, but keep your bile off my blog.

I have enough piss and vinegar of my own already.

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11 Responses to “Comment Policy and Principle”

  1. Brianne December 1, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Arguing in comments is quite pointless, so he’s not really worth the energy to get upset over. Don’t let one troll get you down. I agree that it needs to be a civilized environment, though. I’m glad you took the high road and cut off his hate supply before he ran rampant with it.

    • Jay December 1, 2010 at 9:39 am #

      There’s only one person who can be a hater on here: me

      • Carlee Mallard December 1, 2010 at 10:04 am #

        Ohh — can I “like” that?

        • Jay December 1, 2010 at 10:54 am #

          What do you think this is, Facebook?

  2. Benjamin McCall December 1, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    I don’t have a problem. I just let all comments through unless they are obvious spam. Whether I like them or not. If people want to respond they can if they don’t, they don’t have to.
    My take is that filtering the conversation doesn’t allow for a conversation whether it is negative or positive.
    Just my 2.5 cents!

    • Jay December 1, 2010 at 10:54 am #

      I get that. I don’t plan on filtering the conversation unless I see a comment designed to bait me. I put this blog out there for people to read, so I can’t expect great reactions to everything I write. If someone wants to reply to me after I remove their comment, they can always e-mail or write on their own blog or Twitter or wherever. That’s the beauty of the internet.

      Still, if someone comes to my blog and pisses all over it, don’t expect me to just let it stand there.

  3. Chris Ferdinandi - Renegade HR December 1, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    When I hear the word “troll,” that’s what I picture, too! #TrueStory

    • Jay December 1, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

      Great minds think alike.

  4. Krista December 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    Say so, Jay! Say so!

    • Jay December 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm #


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