January 2, 1994

Comment Policy

We welcome your comments. The purpose of this blog is to facilitate discussion, and to that end, comments are not moderated. To keep the comments open, I ask that you follow these guidelines for yielding a more productive discussion:

  1. Keep comments coherent, on topic, and reasonable in length.
  2. Please post comments under the appropriate topic.
  3. Be respectful of other bloggers and the families of the missing who may visit here.
  4. Comments containing profanity, personal attacks, threats, or the disclosure of another blogger's identifying information (name, address, etc.) will be deleted immediately.
  5. Offer constructive criticism only (i.e., avoid snarky comments that don't add to the discussion).
  6. Don't overwhelm the site with multiple comments. This only detracts from your point of view and hinders discussion.
  7. If you post an original idea from someone on this blog elsewhere, be sure to give the writer credit.
  8. When possible, provide a link to your sources. You can easily convert a word in your comment into a link by copying and pasting this code and inserting your link:
    <a href="http://www.putyourlinkhere.com>PUT YOUR TEXT HERE>/a>
  9. Spam comments will be deleted.
  10. I reserve the right to delete comments that do not follow the above guidelines.

2 comments:

Monique777 said...

Thank you for listing these ideas when commenting on this blog. It is very helpful as we all would like to promote a discussion in a respectful way.

I also love that we can post links that can be opened in a different window. This adds so much to the site.I think this will promote people posting links which we all like!

And just a reminder to myself and others, sometimes our links get cut off so we have to make sure to use several lines when putting the link up.

Thanks again for the Nettiquette!

BoyintheMachine said...

"When possible, provide a link to your sources. You can easily convert a word in your comment into a link by copying and pasting this code and inserting your link:

<a href="http://www.putyourlinkhere.com>PUT YOUR TEXT HERE>/a>"

Excellent advice. Even I didn't know how to post a clickable link in the comments.

You might want to remind people of the comment policy because nobody seems to follow this part. I've noticed that people keep posting long links that get broken or links that can't be copied w/out copying the entire page of text.

Also, you might toss out tinyurl.com which shorten lengthy links into more user-friendly ones.

Thanks for the hard work!