A lot of little policy issues have come up for the blog lately, and so I figured I would make an overarching policy statement:
Unrelated Comments or Trackbacks
I will delete comments that, in my opinion, have nothing to do with the posting or with previous postings, or with previous comments. I will be very open minded about this. If there are links to sites that are utterly unrelated, or if the reason for posting appears to be to drive traffic to a site for reasons unrelated to the topic, I will delete. Really, what I am saying here is that I will delete spam.
Again, I’ll be as open as I possibly can here. I have no way of knowing when comments are libelous, and I don’t have time to check the veracity of comments or the identity of posters. However, if there are comments that are clearly illegal, I will zap them. This has to do particularly with an entry that seems to attract threats on the president’s life, and I have enough to worry about without having to deal with the Secret Service knocking on my door. (Under US law, it is illegal to threaten the president’s life.) I will both allow and encourage critiques and plans for legal attacks on politicians of any party.
If I am paid to write something on my blog (hasn’t happened yet), I will say so. If someone provides me with a product to review free of charge, or invites me to an event (please do), I’ll make that clear.
I won’t reiterate my conflicts of interest due to employment. Who I work for is spelled out on my “about” page. You should expect that things that I write about myself and organizations I work for are self-serving.
I also often include links to Amazon, for which I (very rarely!) receive a small affiliate’s fee. I don’t usually spell out the associate’s link, but I think it is common enough that people are aware of this. And thanks for using it!
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