Last year, I had some issues with spammers leaving marketing and sales links in the comments. At first, I felt guilty that these people didn’t get a chance to share info – especially since this is supposed to be a safe and inclusive place. But allowing sales and marketing promotion links in comments felt like I violated my own Blog Rules
My first response was to un-spam and approve some of the links; then remove them after awhile. It was time consuming and frustrating because my values were in conflict. On one hand, I wanted help people who did visit. On the other hand, I also wanted this space to be safe from ads, even in comments.
Hence my second, and more permanent response, of a new blog rule restricting comments and links to your sites or blogs in them. But that felt wrong.
So the new Blog Rules update goes like this:
THE COMMENT RESTRICTION RULE HAS BEEN REMOVED.
I am going to trust YOU ALL to self-monitor and only share your blog or website or relevant links that uphold or relate to the purpose of this one if you choose to comment. And if you do choose to leave a link, please explain why you are leaving it.
Thank you for reading.