Comment Policy

All blogs are a form of conversation between writers and the public. Please leave feedback, tips, and ideas on what we post here.

Because I believe in full-disclosure, I need to tell you that I monitor comments. All of them. The first time you comment here, your comment will be held for approval. I try to read comments at least every other weekday, I don’t want to leave your comment hanging in limbo space too long. After you’ve had one approved comment, your next comments will appear immediately. However, I review even comments that have been automatically approved. If I find something that violates my rules, I reserve the right to edit or delete it as I see necessary.

As it is, I only delete comments that are spam or encourage hateful behavior.

I will delete spam and any comment if the intention was to attack, denigrate, diminish, harm or cause upset to an individual or group or the intention was to troll or hijack the conversation.

That includes flame wars. However, I don’t delete comments just because the writer disagrees with me. Disagreement is positively encouraged. Unless it’s rude or offensive — that’s when I’ll step in.  ;)

I use Akismet to reduce spam. Most days works very well, but sometimes it’ll get a little overzealous.  I go through the spam comments folder at least once a week, but if you’ve submitted a comment and it still hasn’t appeared after 3-4 weekdays, drop me an email (jade[at]rpggm[dot]com) and I’ll look into it ASAP. Usually it’s just been wrongly flagged by Akismet.

To summarize:

  • Please comment. Share your thoughts, disagree, or otherwise add to the conversation. Tabletop RPGs are all about conversation.
  • On-topic links are encouraged. Just be aware that all comments with links will be held for personal moderation by me. I don’t mind if you put a link back to your blog or website in your signiture, but links that have no relation to the subject at hand will be deleted.
  • The name field is for your name, not the headline of your latest post or for SEO-boosting anchor text. Nicknames are fine; blatant keyword-grabs (”Custom Kitchen SEO Paris Hilton San Diego Hotel”) will be edited to match your email name or marked as spam. Which means your next comment will be caught Akismet and will have to wait until I look over my spam folder.
  • Be polite, courteous and stick to the topic. As Lazarus Long said:

    Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide lubrication where people rub together.

  • If I delete your comment by mistake please submit it again and email me, at jade[at]rpggm[dot]com. It’ll help me track down any problems with Akismet or the site.

That’s it. Basically, it’s the same behavior I expect from my gaming groups: be respectful and play nice.

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