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September 24, 2007

A note on blog etiquette

It's come to my attention that we need a quick refresher course on some of the dos and don'ts of blogs. I'm not going to scold or lecture or single out anyone; there's no need for that. I just want to remind everyone of a few things.

1. It is not appropriate for a commenter to change the subject of a thread under a post. Please stick to the topic at hand.

2. It is not appropriate to take personally statements that were made about general topics. I have had to mention this several times. I'm going to stop mentioning it and start deleting comments if that's what it takes.

3. Please, when debating fellow commenters or bloggers, try to engage people constructively and listen to what they have to say, instead of simply trying to wear them down by constant repetition.

4. Please refrain from generalizations (e.g., "The Point always . . ." or "The Point never . . ." or other statements along these lines). We are not a blob, we are twenty people with individual ideas and points of view.

5. This should go without saying, but blatant rudeness is NEVER appropriate.

6. If you want a specific answer to a comment, please ask politely and don't demand or nag. Our time and energy are not limitless. We will gladly answer your questions and comments if we feel an answer is warranted and if we have the time to do it.

7. Finally, I know this is a bit unusual for the blogosphere, but we have a rule against profanity. Please find a way to make your point without it.

As long as you can abide by these principles of civilized adult discourse, and thus help to make this a good experience for everyone, you're always welcome here.

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very well put,i appreciate your integrity- to God be the glory!

Ted Slater

Welcome to the blogosphere. ;-)

We at The Line wrestle with the exact same issues. Hmf.


Ma'am, yes ma'am!

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