I love the comments on this blog and I thank everybody who adds them. They make it a lot better.
I moderate the comments, so your comment might not appear immediately. I apologize for any delay.
For those comments I don’t approve, for most of them the reasons why not are completely obvious. No need to elaborate on that one.
However, there are some borderline comments that make me uncomfortable not approving them. Those deserve explanation:
- Simple praise. “Great post, thanks” and things like that. My ego is big enough already, thanks, and some people use that to establish links that improve their SEO. Some of that is actually paid linkbaiting. I apologize in advance for not approving those.
- Free advertising. I don’t think it’s fair to post a sales pitch for your product or service on this blog. While there are ads on the sidebar, I don’t sell them and I don’t take money to plug products. Why would I let you do it on my blog?
- Suspicious recommendations. I try to click a few links to figure out whether the comment recommending something is a legitimate recommendation from somebody, or more disguised advertising. You’ll find I have approved dozens of comments containing recommendations, even recommendations with links … but only when they relate to the post and come from somebody who isn’t selling and doesn’t benefit from the sale.
- Meanness. Trolls not welcome. Disagreement, yes, and criticism, also; but not anonymous meanness.