I have had an ‘open’ comments policy despite there being clear guidelines under this heading.
Following a number of distasteful comments made under fake IDs I am going to make some changes. It is with great reluctance that I do this. However, it has gone too far when someone takes their threatening behaviour outside the blog and into the workplace.
I will continue to allow all comments that come from bona fide email addresses, stay on topic and debate the issue.
1. Who can post comments here?
Anyone at all, up until the stage I ask them to stop or suspend them. I welcome comments, and they add a lot of enjoyment to the blog for myself, and I am sure others.
The simple rules of thumb are to keep on topic, be respectful of me and others, and keep within the law. Anyone actively making comments is implicitly agreeing to these rules regardless of whether they have been read or not. Users who breach these boundaries may be blocked permanently.
3. What is the easiest way to get banned?
To attack me personally. Quite simply it will not be tolerated. I welcome people to disagree with my views, to correct my errors, to debate what I assert, but if you attack my integrity, my character etc I will terminate your privileges.
4. So how else can I get banned?
It is subjective, and ultimately a decision on whether the nature and style of your posts is detracting from the usability of the blog. The idea is to be debating issues and events.
If I think that your purpose is to disrupt the blog, rather than genuinely offer honest opinion, I’ll lose patience at some stage. If you continually turn the blog into a personal flamewar I’ll suggest you go get your own blog.