Comments Publishing Policy

Published 3 May 2011

Because I like being transparent I have decided to publish my policy on the decisions which are made about comments and their publication on this website. The full details are below, but if you’d rather have the executive summary, it’s “Be nice, have your say and don’t be bad, and your post will be published. Be an idiot or try to abuse this website for your own gain, and your post won’t.”

This policy was last updated 31 October 2017.

The Policy In Full

  1. Comments are generally post-moderated. This means posts are published on this website only after being physically checked by myself. However for some users who have previously commented, comments may be published first and checked after. This is at my discretion only.
  2. Comments may be made to the vast majority of pages. Comments of all views are allowed, unless they fail to meet the criteria detailed below. However I reserve the right to decide not to allow comments on a particular post, or to close a post to comments without explanation, nor defence.
  3. The right is reserved not to publish comments which are abusive, racist, sexist, homophobic, which insight violence or hatred, are libellous or similar, or which in some other way, break the laws of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Any comments which are found to include links to other websites which contain the above, will be removed.
  4. Comments will be published as soon as possible. However posters should be aware that I am not at my computer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and as such, at certain times publishes may take up to 48 hours or even longer. During planned absences of period longer than 72 hours, comments on all posts may be temporarily suspended.
  5. All comments are checked automatically for spam. Without these checks, I would be swimming in spam messages on this site. Comments which pass all spam filtering will generally be published. However should a manual check suggest that a comment is an attempt at advertising, the right is reserved not to post that comment, or to remove brand names, or URLs. In certain circumstances, where it looks like an innocuous post is being made, but which includes a link to a spam-related website, I reserve the right to remove the URL whilst leaving the comment.
  6. URLs in comments will be made into links automatically.
  7. The right is reserved to automatically block any commenter who regularly and consistently seeks to break the above rules.
  8. The right is reserved to change these rules at any time, without prior notice.
  9. This website is not a free-for-all forum, does not guarantee freedom of speech and is certainly not a democracy. It is my website, and I decide the rules. Should you not like the rules, then you are free to set up your own website with your own rules.

There. That was exciting, wasn’t it?