When I write a blog post, it’s obviously my point of view. Once it’s in the open, though, it then becomes a shared point of view with you, the readers – and your point of view is what builds the discussions around a post. Sometimes you’ll agree with me; other times, not so much. And that’s what makes the comments after a post such a fervent breeding ground for ideas.

I don’t mind if you attack me for my views. Heck, I’m big and ugly enough to take your shots, and it shows me that you’re passionate about a topic – and I would never discourage passion.

Besides, I’m the person that’s invoked that reaction, so if it’s an attack, let’s have it open and unfiltered (although keeping it respectful would be nice).

What I won’t accept, however, is attacking other commenters. They’re like you – simply offering an additional view on the starting topic. By all means, attack me – the blog is my home and as the owner, I’m responsible for what goes on inside. But attacking another commenter – that’s poor form.

I’m a firm believer in an open comment policy; I don’t moderate before publication, because I feel that stints genuine interaction and conversation. Going by the conversations that have happened over the months, it would appear that most agree.

Let’s play nice and keep it that way. Like I say, attack me if you wish – as the instigator of discussion, I’m open to all views and words. But let’s treat the guests (and that includes you) nicely. Otherwise, you will be moderated and deleted where I feel it’s applicable. Continue to be abusive and you will be banned.

The same goes for comments that include slanderous or libelous statements. As the owner of this blog, I’m responsible for what’s posted here, so I won’t allow allegations that could result in legal action – these comments will be removed.

And let’s keep the bigotry, hate, sexism, profanity and all that other fun stuff off here too. You want that, hit up TechCrunch, YouTube or similar. Oh, and no affiliate links in the comments, please – instead, feel free to point to any blog posts you’ve written about a particular affiliate program.

Sound fair?

Oh – and one more thing. Real names only, please – no SEO-driven keyword names. You get a link back to your site anyway thanks to the Do-Follow arrangement here, so there’s no need to go double SEO on me. Names that are blatant linkbait will be edited.

Last updated December 2011.