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Comment Policy

I welcome and encourage comment and conversation on the Confident Writing blog.

My aim is to foster a supportive, constructive and welcoming environment for readers to share, contribute and take part.

This comment policy supports that aim.

To encourage comments and conversation:

  • Your comment will show up without you needing to wait for me to approve it*
  • I will respond to your comment on the blog, though it might take several days to a week.  Sorry!
  • Your chosen picture will show up next to your comment - register with gravatar if you want  yours to appear
  • You can sign up for follow up comments by e-mail to keep in touch with the flow of conversation

* Occassionally legitimate comments go into the spam system, especially if you’ve included a link to something.  I will try and dig these out and post them for you as soon as I can

Please note that I regularly highlight questions, comments and writing tips that are shared by readers in the comment box.

The terms of this policy mean that by leaving a comment here you grant this site a perpetual license to reproduce your words, attributed to you (with your name and website).

To encourage genuine, constructive conversation I will:

  • Delete any comments that are offensive or upsetting to readers, or me
  • Close comments are closed on older posts: I’m afraid the majority of comments were sp*m, and it was more effort than it was worth to keep those older posts open.
  • Delete any comments that are only left to link to a site or blog, and do not add value in any way
  • Delete comments that are signed off by key words rather than people.  I don’t mark them as spam, and I do allow some - if they’re interesting and thoughtful comments, rather than opportunistic ways to tempt someone to visit your site.
  • Edit the key word comments that don’t go into the bin by editing your name to something human, or stripping out the link.  Sorry, but key words aren’t conversation
  • Delete sp*m comments

To protect my interests as site owner and publisher I reserve the right to:

  • Delete any comments that are potentially libellous
  • Delete any comments that are criminal, including the use of stolen content
  • Disclose information to relevant authorities to identify the individual responsible for any such comments
  • Strip out the link from a comment to any site that is considered offensive or upsetting, or in breach of any laws

Comment policy last updated: August 2011