Or An Administrative Reminder.
For those of you who are new readers, let me make a quick statement about comments on this site. You’re welcome to make them. I will not censor you. I will not alter your comments in any way, with two caveats...
Blatant racism, threats against public officials or any statements similar in nature will be deleted. Sorry, guys. You’re free to think and believe what you want, but I have a job I love, and I’d like to keep it. And additionally, my site is not your soapbox to advocate revolution, revenge against tyrannical public officials or vent ignorant rants against blacks, Jews, gays, veterans, hedgehogs or marmosets. OK… maybe marmosets, because they’re creepy. I don’t censor, but you endanger my job or my credibility with your tinfoil hat lunacy about government jack boots and black helicopters, and how you’d like to down Marine One with your homemade RPG, and I’ll delete your comments post haste. Got it?
I have no problem with people who disagree with me. I like lively debate. I like alternate viewpoints, no matter how ignorant I think they are, but abide by the above before you post. I mean it. I will not let you endanger my livelihood or the career I love.
Likewise, if you’re a spammer, whose only goal is to promote your garbage on my site – and it IS my site – I pay for it, I write it and I own it – you’ll wish you had never done it. That’s a promise.
Also, if you’re a first time commenter, chances are you’ll get trapped in moderation. There’s no rhyme or reason to why folks’ comments get caught there, but if you’re new, it seems to happen more often than not. If it does happen, this doesn’t mean that I’ve censored your comment. I generally approve everything (save for the two caveats above) but sometimes, if you post later in the evening, I’ll be asleep, and I won’t see your trapped comment until I log in the next day. Don’t panic, and don’t start sending me emails about how I’m trying to censor you. I’m not. I’ll generally get to the comments trapped in moderation, but it might take a few hours.
Now post away.