The holiday is over: The Mods are back & they mean business

Whaleoil is officially back from holiday now and Nige and the rest of the moderation team have asked me to warn readers old and new that it is time to read the rules and the ten commandments.

The golden rule of commenting is that

Each comment should

  • be on the topic of the post;
  • add information, a point of view or a contribution of some substance; and
  • be respectful and do no harm to others.

Standards have slipped over the holiday period, and some commenters need to lift their game.

Commenting here is a privilege, not a right. Comments can and will be deleted without warning. Depending on your history a comment can earn you a short term or permanent ban without warning.

If you want to comment here please read the rules and ensure that you are adding value to the blog.

I am not a moderator but I have observed the following issues over the holiday period.

  • Short ?empty? or ?zero-calorie? comments, such as ?I agree? or ?Me too?.
  • Commenters who are captured by a single issue and that is all they seem to comment about.
  • Trolls visiting to stir up trouble.

As a commenter your job is to add value to the blog.

How do you do that?

You do it by…

  • Sticking to the topic of the post.
  • Sharing your knowledge or opinion of the topic with other readers.
  • Being respectful of the writers, the blog owner, the blog itself and other commenters and readers.
  • Leaving it out if you are unsure of whether or not your wording will upset the moderators.
  • Not getting upset and expressing anger on the blog because your comment was not immediately published but was held up in automatic moderation.