Like most of us, I’m all for open, respectful dialog. I am also aware that you might not know what I mean by that…specifically. And maybe it’s one of those “I know it when I see it ” things– or, in this case, “I’ll know it when I’m NOT seeing it”
So, to help clarify it for you AND for me, here is my comments policy.
By posting on my blog, you agree to the following:
You may comment without registering. You can log-in via Disqus, OpenID, Twitter, Facebook—or not at all. That’s for you to decide. Personally, I think it’s a good idea to identify yourself in some way, because it makes it easier for people to respond to you — they’ll think of you as a real person who has real ideas.
You may post anonymously. I may change my mind on this this if it is abused.
You may and should post follow-up questions. If you have a question, chances are that dozens if not hundreds of others do, too. Those others are likely thinking similar things and have similar questions. That’s why I’d prefer to get your comments on my blog than via email. I can respond in a way that lets those others get the same information all at once,
You will and should feel free to disagree with me. I welcome dialog rather than debate. The difference? Dialogue involves you asking questions to better understand the idea of another. Debate involves you making declarations in order to have your idea win and dominate. If you disagree with me—or anyone else— please do so in a way that is respectful and increases understanding.[callout]I reserve the right to delete your comments. This is my blog. I don’t have an obligation to publish your comments. [/callout]
I will delete your comments if you post something that seems to me — in my sole opinion — to be (a) off-topic; (b) 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 (c) “spam,” i.e., an attempt to advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services. You may, however, post a link to your site or your most recent blog post.
You retain ownership of your comments. I do not own or want to own them! I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on my 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.
When you comment, you’re actually granting me a license to publish your comments. This is a worldwide license, and it is irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty-free. You are also granting me the right to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format I choose, including but not limited to a blog, in a book, a video, or presentations.
You agree that I can change this policy without any notice.
I want to host interesting conversations with people who listen, care, respect and are hoping to add value to others. I hope this straightforward policy on comments will help us all create those conversations.
Thanks to MichaelHyatt.com for inspiration for this policy. You can see how I’ve adapted his policy by comparing this to his policy, found here