If anyone’s listened to Rush Limbaugh or any other radio talk show host, it isn’t long before they either state or you realize that there is a vetting process in order to get on their program. In some cases you have to be on topic, and the shows have call screeners to help keep those that would derail the show from even getting to talk to the host.
The same principle applies to blogs, though I only recently agreed with this principle. Until recently, I had believed that as long as you were somewhat on topic and were not swearing that you had a right to talk on my site.
However, this isn’t how Virtuous Blonde looked at it. I’ve asked her from time to time about comments and she suggested I delete a few that were not spam, but were not something that I should have on my blog.
These past few weeks I stopped thinking of my blog as a open forum, but more like coming over to my house. Hence the new comment policy. If you were to come over to my house and belittle my God and call me names, I’d ask you politely to leave. Same thing with this blog– I don’t have a problem talking about a difference of ideas as long as it is civil and constructive.
I know that there are some that would disagree with me. However, how can I build up a community of people where you all feel safe to comment and communicate if I let others in whose sole purpose is to belittle what we believe and to constantly be on the attack.
This also goes for referrals, trackbacks and other links. Ads are a little harder to control, because some of them are based on content. If you see something inappropriate, contact me and tell me the URL so I can get it removed.
It’s all a question of “who should be here”– and will they behave themselves. It’s also a question of trust in the content that I will bring and its appropriateness.
What kinds of comment policies do you have on your blog?