I greatly encourage readers to comment, to tell me (and other readers) about their experiences related to posts, and to offer more information they might have about what’s in a post. I read all of the comments on my blog here and respond to those that are interesting.
Comments have several purposes to both the site’s owner (myself) and its readers (you). I, of course, get more information, learn more, and get to see who it is that’s reading my blog. You get link-backs to your own website or blog, get to build your credibility, and can introduce me and the readers here to what your site has to offer.
With all of that said, there are three things I will not tolerate for commentary on this blog:
- Totally negative hate speech towards specific individuals or groups. Hate on politicians, government agencies, Big Pharma, etc. all you want. I don’t like them either. But don’t target individual names, societal groups (gays, Christians, stay-at-home moms, or whatever), etc. when you do say negative things. There’s generally enough negativity in the world anyway, so if you have negative things to say, sit back, relax, take a walk, or do something to calm down and see if you really do want to say it before you hit that “submit” button.
- Comments meant only as self-promotion tools. If you have nothing to say, don’t say it. If your response to a post on this blog is merely to generate a link-back to your own site, there’s a pretty good chance it will never appear on this site. I filter posts that are nothing but self-promoting propaganda.
- Family unfriendly and/or explicitly sexual comments. This should be obvious. As an aside, on a related note, profanities will likely be edited out of your comment (replaced with *** or the like) as well.
Those are pretty much the only comment rules I have. I consider this a free and open forum, though I do reserve the right to remove anything I don’t think should be here. In the end, this blog is personal property, but I have an open policy in life, so I invite you to join in. I love dissenting opinions, thoughtful arguments, and genuine questions. I do not consider ad hominem (calling people names) to be an “argument,” despite what you might have learned otherwise from talk radio or television.
Also, be aware that if you bring no evidence to the table when pushing an alternative medical treatment or something that would be considered alternative science, you will likely be questioned and “called on it.” Don’t be afraid to say that you “heard” this or “read somewhere” about that, but do be aware that questions may arise as to the source of your argument. If you aren’t sure of your source and can’t link to or cite it directly, make sure others understand that in your commentary and you’ll have much more credibility.
In short, if you question something I’ve said, a source I’ve cited, or otherwise disagree with my own conclusions with an article posted here, feel free to dissent. Discussion is good for the mind and broadens everyone’s perspective.
Most of all, though, I just want you to enjoy your time here because when people enjoy themselves, it rubs off. So your enjoyment will bring me happiness too!