Commenting policy

Comments are fantastic – I love it when you decide to tell me what you think about something you’ve just read, and even when you disagree with something I’ve written. I just want to clarify the grounds on which I might intervene in the otherwise free commenting on this blog.
I’m not one for censorship and certainly won’t censor on the basis of agreement/disagreement with my position – otherwise what would be the point of having a comment section at all?
Comments are usually closed on all “pages” within the site, but open on posts for the first 90 days. After that, because of a high amount of comment spam on older articles, the comments close on posts too. If, however, you’ve got something you’re bursting to say about an old post, feel free to drop me a line using the contact form.
Just to make things clear, here are the guidelines for commenting on Geek-Speak:

  1. No spam – spam comments are usually caught by the filter anyway, but anything that looks like keyword stuffing, or trying to sell a product will usually be marked as spam manually even if it makes it through.
  2. No personal attacks – disagree, by all means, but do so respectfully. You might not see the person behind the words you read online, but they are there.
  3. Nothing that (knowingly) breaks copyright
  4. No swearing/bad language
  5. Keep it relevant to the post – if something seems completely random I usually assume it’s been generated by a spam bot.

I reserve the right to edit or remove any comments that don’t appear appropriate and, in extreme cases, to block visitors from accessing the site at all. I’ve only had to do that once, and I didn’t like it at all. Please don’t make me have to do it again!
I do appreciate comments and interaction and am looking forward to hearing from you.
Thanks for dropping in.