Lately, I’ve been receiving a few questions about my blog comment policy and whether it can be copied. I don’t mind if you use my comment policy as a basis for your own (it’s actually quite flattering), but please don’t copy the entire thing verbatim (and a credit would also be nice, but isn’t required).
Your blog comment policy should be tailored for your specific blog and audience. For instance, my policy states that all comments are moderated, whereas you may only moderate first time commenters. Also, I allow truncated signature lines within my comments, and you may not like them or want them on your blogs.
Instead of using a cookie cutter approach, let your readers know what is and isn’t acceptable on your blog. Some things your policy should include:
- Whether comments will be moderated. If yes, how so? Fully moderated, first time commenters, or comments with links, etc.?
- Maximum comment lengths
- The tone and language of comments allowed
- Whether links are allowed in the body and clear instructions on how to add them
- Whether you will edit comments and under which circumstances
- Make sure comment ownership is spelled out — i.e. do the commenters get to keep the copyright to their comments or the blog author?
- Any special provisions or rules you may have for discussions on the blog
Having a blog comment policy allows readers to get an idea of what will be tolerated within a blog’s conversation.
If you should have any questions or feedback about my blog’s comment policy, leave a comment 🙂 or send me a message.
[tags]blog comment policy, blog management, blog organization[/tags]