My Official Comment Policy

I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to post an Official Comment Policy. It’s a blog, for goodness sake. But there are spammers, folks with an agenda, annoying salespeople – you get the drift. So here’s my comment policy:

  1. Introduce yourself. I don’t need a copy of your license, your Social Security number, or a note from your mother. But it’s helpful to know who you are, like “a lawyer from Alabama” or “a confused mom.”
  2. Don’t lie. And don’t pretend to be someone else. If I believe that you’re impersonating another person, I have no choice but to delete you. We have to have some measure of decorum here.
  3. To cut down on spam, registration may be required. Comments may be held in moderation if you’ve never commented before or if you include lots of links. Lots of links make me wonder.
  4. Keep it clean and reasonably nice. My mother could be reading. And the last thing I need is a call from my mother explaining that people on my blog aren’t very nice. She’s already a bit concerned about my living up north, so we don’t need to add to the list of worries. She loves me, she’s a Southern mom, she worries, it’s what she does. I don’t want to have to increase her blood pressure medication because of something that you wrote. So be nice.
  5. No spam, no selling products or services, no free advertising for your own blog. Talk to Google or Yahoo if you need advertising. And if you’re a lawyer trolling for business, shame on you. Get your own blog.
  6. Keep your personally identifiable information out of your question. This is the internet, remember? If you say things like “I’m the only doctor in my town and my wife is blind,” folks may know it’s you. And clearly posting your phone number or Social Security Number in a comment means that other people – lots of other people if I’m lucky – are going to see it. I’m not going to redact or edit your comment (although I reserve the right to delete it). So please use common sense.
  7. You may disagree with some of the comments. Any comments on the site are the opinions of the folks who wrote them. Not me. I can’t be held responsible for anything that anyone else writes.
  8. Don’t make me have to delete you. Cause I will if you break the rules. And I’m a middle child and that will just stress me out.

If I think of anything else, I reserve the right to change my mind. To quote my kid, “because I do.”

And hey, just because you left a comment on my site doesn’t mean that we’re all attorney-client privileged already. For more about what I do, click here. To find out how to ask questions, click here.

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