Do you have a blog comment policy?
During the fall of 2005, Darren Rowse drafted his ProBlogger Comments Policy which every blog owner should glance at now.
Darren enjoys people leaving comments on his blog. But he grew tired of the commenting system being abused, so he set rules to guard against spam, one-line comments, and irrelevant links; to support those who offer relevant links that others would enjoy; and to allow people to include blog signatures. Take a look.
Lorelle VanFossen of the Blog Herald wrote a guide to creating a blog comments policy in 2007 that is as important today as then:
A Comments Policy is a statement defining your policy regarding comments on your blog. It is also a “responsibility statement”. It informs the reader of what you will allow on your blog, what you will not allow, and what they are allowed to do. It establishes publicly the responsibilities of each party involved.
Does your blog need one? Maybe. I think all blogs should have one. It helps to set down in words all the assumptions and expectations bloggers and commenters may have, removing all doubt. If doubt arises, the blogger can point to the ground rules, so there can be no excuses for ignorance. A comments policy says, “We are all playing by the same rules here.”
Taking a clue from Darren and Lorelle, here is a link to a commenting policy of Jay Thompson of Phoenix Real Estate.
Many bloggers have them. I had one, too, but since deleted it when I removed commenting.
What do you think? Do you have a blog comments policy? Might you consider one?