NOTE: I awoke the morning after posting this to more than 200 new comments which included threats and intemperate language. I deleted most of the comments and have closed further comments. The closure affects ONLY this blog entry. Other entries remain open.
As per the request of the individual first mentioned in this blog post, all reference to him has been removed.
My blog has more than 1,400 entries spanning four years, and there is no way I can monitor every comment made on every post. Nor, for that matter, can I devote all my waking hours to policing the behavior of those who post on this blog. As anyone who has visited YouTube knows, the owners of comments sections are not legally responsible for nor required to police the comments left in a web forum. However, the actions of a few individuals are making the comments extremely unpleasant for many readers.
I have a few options, and I’m not sure what the best option is. They are:
1. Ask politely that readers refrain from personal attacks on one another and stick to discussing the actual subject of any given blog post. The downside is that there is little chance that this request will be fully honored, leading to the same situation recurring.
2. Switch to an approved comments system in which comments must be manually approved by me before they appear on the blog. The downside of that is that I would have to spend several hours a day working on comments, which is more than I can afford to devote to them. It’s not like I get paid to read the comments.
3. Switch from the native Weebly comments system to their new Disqus option for better comments control. The downside is that switching will delete all previous comments on every thread going back four years. The only way around that is to start a new blog for future posts, but this will damage my Google rankings as well as make it hard for people to link back to my blog.
4. Turn off comments entirely.
So, for now, here is what is happening. To prevent this situation from recurring, I have posted a lengthy set of terms and conditions which supersede the stopgap blog comments policy I tried out in January. All readers are hereby notified that posting a comment on the JasonColavito.com Blog constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions. Here are the relevant terms and conditions for posting on the blog:
This blog operates under the general rules of respectful civil discourse. If you choose to comment on any blog post, you take full responsibility for everything that you post. Jason Colavito does not control the content posted, nor does he verify the identities of those posting. Nevertheless, Jason Colavito or any designee he may appoint may monitor any user-generated content as he so chooses, and Jason Colavito or his designee reserves the right to edit or remove any content for any reason whatsoever, without notification or consent. Links to sites considered spam or postings advertising products or services may also be removed without notice or consent. Jason Colavito further reserves the right, at his sole discretion, to deny posting privileges and remove any and all posts by a user.
Pursuant to the new policy, please avoid personal attacks on Voyles in the comments.
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