As you know, Web 2.0 is all about the conversation. But without a few simple ground rules, that conversation can turn into a shouting match that discourages others from entering into the fray. Here are some thoughts about comments at Average Einstein.
- Feel free to comment without registering. You can log-in using Twitter, Facebook—or not at all. It’s totally up to you.
- You can post anonymously too. We don’t recommend this, but you may do so if you wish. We want to build a community here so let us know who you are.
- You may post follow-up questions. If you have a question, chances are you are not alone. Others are likely thinking similarly. Therefore, I would rather receive your comments on my blog than via email. It is a better use of my time to address everyone at once rather than answer several similar emails.
- It’s okay to disagree with us. We welcome debate. However, I ask that if you disagree with us—or anyone else, for that matter—do so in a way that is respectful. In our opinion, there is way too much shouting on blogs. Keep it civil.
- We reserve the right to delete comments. This is our blog. We don’t have any obligation to publish your comments. Specifically, I will delete your comments if you post something that is (a) snarky; (b) off-topic; (c) libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate my sense of decorum and civility or any law, including intellectual property laws; or (d) “spam,” i.e., an attempt to advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services.
- You retain ownership of your comments. I do not own them and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on our site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those postings.
- You grant us a license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty-free. You grant me the right to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format, including but not limited to a blog, in a book, a video, or presentation.
In short, our goal here is to host interesting conversations with caring, honest, and respectful people. I think this simple comments policy will facilitate this.
Question: Am I missing anything?