First – I want to say I haven’t had any problems with real-honest-to-gods people comments. So far, you’ve all been a great bunch of people and I thoroughly enjoy reading your comments. Keep them coming!
Second – Because I believe in full-disclosure and open business, I need to tell you that I monitor my comments. All of them. If this is your first time commenting on Evil Machinations, your comment will be held for my approval. I try to get to my comments at least every other weekday so your comment doesn’t have sit in limbo space too long. After you’ve had one approved comment, your next comments will appear immediately. But 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.
Why do I monitor comments? This is my blog. It’s my name on this blog after all. 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 step in. As I said, this hasn’t been an issue yet; I just like to be prepared.
I use Akismet to reduce spam. Most days works very well, but sometimes it’ll get a little overzealous. It seems some comments have been mistaken as spam for some reason. I do go through my 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.
- Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide lubrication where people rub together.
That’s it. Basically, it’s the same behavior I expect from my gaming groups: play nice or I’ll take my sandbox and go home .