Blogging is all about the conversation and interaction. We understand that. But without some guidelines, that conversation can turn into a shouting match that discourages others from sharing.
So here is the comments policy.*
Titus 3:2 says, “…speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”
By posting on this blog, you agree to the following:
- You may post anonymously. We don’t recommend this, but you may do so if you wish. This may change if this rule is abused.
- You may post follow-up questions. If you have a question, chances are you are not alone. Others are likely thinking similarly. Therefore, we would rather receive your comments on here than via email. It is a better use of time to address everyone at once rather than answer several similar emails.
- You may disagree. Debate is welcomed. We can discuss disagreements for the purpose of mutual growth, not simply for the sake of argument.
- We reserve the right to delete your comments. This is not your blog. We have no obligation to publish your comments. The First Amendment gives you the right to express your opinions on your blog not this one.Specifically, we will delete your comments if you post something that is, in our opinion, (a) snarky; (b) off-topic; (c) libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate a sense of decorum and civility or any law, including intellectual property laws; or (d) “spam,” i.e., an attempt to advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services. You may, however, post a link to your site or your most recent blog post.
- You retain ownership of your comments. We do not own them and expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on this site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve us from any and all liability that may result from those postings.
- You grant a license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty-free. You grant the right to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format, including but not limited to a blog, in a book, a video, or presentation.
In short, the goal is to host interesting conversations with caring, honest, and respectful people. This simple comments policy should facilitate this.
*This policy is adapted to our purposes from Edwin Crozier.