So I was over at this new blog the other day. It was my first time visiting. I was browsing around, and about halfway down the home page I came across this post titled “Commenting Rules”. I soon realized this person had written a manifesto of why he/she would delete your comment.
If you leave a comment and link to your blog, I’m deleting it.
If you leave a comment that doesn’t pertain to the question I asked, I’m deleting it.
If your spelling and grammar aren’t correct, I’m deleting it.
BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.
I had barely started reading this blog and I already detected a stank attitude. Needless to say, I won’t be going back anytime soon.
I understand having a comment policy for spammers and blatantly rude trolls. We are all adults, but for those adults that can’t play nice; delete them or moderate them or whatever. Having some kind of policy for that behavior can be necessary.
But, a list of rules for legitimate commenters? Get a life.
In the end, this particular blogger (a.k.a. the bossy hall monitor) can say “Well, it’s my blog I’ll do what I want.” That’s true. But taking it to such lengths is as absurd as an internet troll saying, “It’s my keyboard, I’ll write what I want.”
It goes both ways. And, for me, as a blogger, I have great appreciation for my readers and the comments they write. I have had a few not-so-nice comments over the years, and as the owner of my blog, I guess I have the right to do or say whatever I want (?) But I would never go out of my way to knock down people who are leaving legitimate responses. I’m not always going to agree with all of my readers, but isn’t that why there’s a comment section? To exchange ideas, thoughts, etc.?
I guess I feel like bloggers like the bossy hall monitor need to step back, take a breather, and remember why they started blogging in the first place. I *hope* the reason wasn’t because you hoped to become the Comment Police.
I don’t know, am I off base here?
As a blogger, do you have a policy on comments? As a reader, what do you think of such policies?