My Comments Policy
Everybody has figured out blogs are all about a conversation. Yet here’s the thing, without a few uncomplicated ground rules, the conversation can become a shouting match. This discourages other people from getting into the arena. So here is my comments policy.
By posting on my blog, you agree to the following:
1. You can comment without registering. You may log in via Disqus, OpenID, Twitter, Facebook or not at all. It’s your choice.
2. You may post anonymously. I don’t advocate this, but you may do so if you want to. I may rethink this rule if it’s abused.
3. You may post follow-up questions. When you have a question, chances are you are not alone. Other people probably have a similar question. For that reason, I’d rather answer your comments on my blog rather than via e-mail. It’s a much better use of my time to respond to everyone at once as opposed to answering several related e-mails.
4. It’s possible that you’ll disagree with me. I encourage debate. Even so, I ask that when you disagree with me or anyone else, for that matter, do it in a way that is well-mannered. In my view, there’s too much ranting in the public square to put up with it here.
5. I reserve the right to remove your comments. This is my blog. I don’t have an obligation to publish your comments. The First Amendment gives you the right to voice your opinions on your own blog, not mine. Specifically, I will delete any comments that are, in my sole opinion, (a) snarky; (b) off-topic; (c) libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages other people to breach my 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 latest blog post.
6. You retain ownership of your comments. I do not own them and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on my site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those postings.
7. You grant me a license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty-free. You grant me 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 other words, my aim is to host worthwhile conversations with caring, honest, and respectful people. I think this straightforward comments policy will encourage this.
Thanks to Michael Hyatt for the basic content of this section of the page. I appreciate it.