November 20, 2009

Comments Policy

I've been getting some weird comments lately. They seem to be from some kind of robot that looks for posts about a certain subjects (for example, Christmas gifts or music) and posts comments with links to online stores or, in many cases lately, semi-nude profile picture pages. I delete these comments. Right away, without prejudice.

I've put together a needlessly long-winded comments notice to explain what type of comments will be deleted immediately and what type will stay. You'll find the notice below my quickly thrown together comments policy (which I put together so that I could link to this on my sidebar and call the link 'comments policy').


Comments Policy:

I love comments! I read every single one of them with great enjoyment. I often try to reply through email, which is why 'no-reply' bloggers frustrate me so much (please link an email address to your profile, if you don't want to use your regular one then create one in gmail or yahoomail or even hotmail (if you want to go old school) with your blog name and link that one). I try to visit the blogs of people who comment here and leave a comment on their most recent post. Sometimes, though, I don't get that done. Sorry.

But I do read, enjoy, appreciate and love your comments. So thank you and keep 'em comin'!


Comments Notice:

The following types of comments will be removed from my blog as soon as I become aware of them:

- comments selling weird stuff or almost any stuff, unless it's really cool stuff
- comments with links to your online semi-nude photo (seriously, people, wtf?)
- links to your online store, or your ebay or craigslist ad, or whatever
- anonymous comments slamming other commenters
- hateful ignorance
- comments I can't read because they're in another language & so I have no idea what they're saying, but when I put them into babblefish come out with something very odd like "Sister Moonfish likes dragon egg sandwiches". FYI: I read English and French and a bit of Spanish and German. Comments in those languages will be well-received.

The following comments will stay put:
- thoughtful comments on my content
- funny comments
- friendly comments
- lame comments that just say "Hi! Just stopping by!" and nothing else, even though they're lame. (I mean, come on! Did you even read the post?)
- criticism of me in any form, unless it's REALLY offensive. I reserve the right to reply, defend myself, ignore and/or make endless fun of them, though... especially if they're anonymous.
- anything else that doesn't fit into the above "will be deleted" categories (unless I don't like it).

Thank you again for your comments. Love ya all (except the robots and trolls).

heh. robots and trolls. ain't the internet grand?

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19 comments :

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Hi! Just stopping by!
hehehehe

Daffy said...

Comeon! Who doesn't want a semi-nude pic of moi?!? I mean, really....


What I really want to know is why YOU get all the nude pics? The rest of us just chop liva!

Just stopping by to say HI!

Erin said...

Melanie,

I am so very sorry about the nude pic I sent you of myself. I thought you were totally into the lesbian thing. LOL!!

Et je vais commenter en Francais pour vois maintenant! Voila!

p.s. TGIF!

The Red Headed Mama said...

I got an anonymous comment yesterday asking to be a moderator on my forum, in broken English. Yea, that was the highlight of my day :)

Elaine A. said...

I'm loving that you wrote an entire post on this! And it made ma laugh - even better! :D

I've been getting the robot ones on random posts lately. It freaks me out but I haven't had time to go back and delete...

I also posted today about a particular comment that I got. Check it out, you'll appreciate it, for sure. ;)

Au revoir mon amie!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

This is the best post. Seriously. I will continue to avoid posting links where I am trying to give away anything but comment luv! ;)

Noelle said...

oh, crap. now what am i gonna do with that link to the naked matthew mcconaughey-hey photo?

Tracie said...

I thought you definitely wanted to see my link to buy my nude photos on mugs and mousepads....they make great Christmas presents for the family!!

I now have this overwhelming urge to comment "Sister Moonfish likes dragon egg sandwiches" on every blog that I read....

Jen said...

Great policy! You tell it girl!

Cairo Typ0 said...

I was going to "just stop by" with a link to naked pics but due to your new policy...

Emma said...

I've become a bit of a blogger geek of late. Blogger has a feature where you can control spam by having one of those weird floating word images that you have to type in. If you go to your dashboard, and go to settings and click on comments tab, it has a bunch of options.

You can first control by selecting "who can comment" - either anyone or someone that needs to register first. For the spam feature click yes for "show word verification" for comments. No more nudie pics! (btw if you want to see mine . . . ah nevermind! lol)

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

well you must be pretty popular if your getting crazy robot comments...Robots don't visit me...Is this one of those weird comments that will get deleted...I hope not!

The Nag said...

Comment spam has been driving me mad lately. I'm always happy to see my mailbox full of comments until I see that the various anonymous commenters want to enlarge my penis.

Pam said...

This is a great policy! I haven't had any problems with "weird" comments. (Well, maybe one a long time ago). But if I do, do you mind if I copy your policy? It's perfect!

Quirky said...

I keep getting comments for generic viagra. I finally had to put the word verification option on, since I was really tired of seeing them. I mean, what part of my blog yells, "Get your knockoff ED medicines here!"?

I'm a full-time mummy... said...

I like this post! I too love to get comments whenever I wrote a post on my blog, it shows that someone actually reads my post and care enough to provide some sort of feedback :P

It is annoying when there are ppl who tries to post adverts and stuff which I encountered once (someone actually copy paste this link selling sport shoes or something over and over again ~ about 20 over comments)

Thank God I can approve or reject the comments posted in my blog!

Anyway, just want to mention I'm dropping by from SITS. Cheers!

HoneyB said...

I have the same issues with comments and its on a daily basis! I have it set so I have to approve every comment, that way rubbish doesn't get published without my permission. I think you have a good policy set here.

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