Blog Comment Policy Guidelines

Your Comments Are Welcome!

We warmly welcome you to be an active participant in our blog discussion threads!

In order to have some civility and order to the blog discussion, here are some guidelines that we use to moderate the discussion:

Content Orientation

  • VALUE: Your blog comments or questions should add meaningful value and relevance to the discussion.

  • WORD COUNT: Please be respectful of everyone’s time by keeping your comments brief (ie, 500-750 words or fewer).

  • TONE: This business blog discussion is not a democracy and it doesn’t exercise freedom of speech blog. It is our intention to keep the tone upbeat and focus on the positive to encourage learning, discussion, respectful debate, and knowledge sharing.

  • LONG-LASTING: Remember that your blog comments are not editable after you make them…so don’t say anything you wouldn’t mind will be online for a very long time.

  • SPELLING/GRAMMAR: We reserve the right to fix common spelling and grammar mistakes, including sentence structure or punctuation, but do not guarantee that we will catch or fix any mistakes that you make. We use American English as our standard but will normally allow all variations of ENGLISH words in this blog, provided that they are spelled properly in your native English dialect. Sorry, we do not accept comments in non-English languages.

Rules of Engagement

  • CORDIAL: Personal attacks (direct and passive-aggressive) and flame wars will not be tolerated. We are a professional business forum and expect everyone who participates to keep a “cool head” when the passion of a discussion becomes heated. We will not allow comments that constitute a racial or sexual slur against any person or groups of people.

  • TROLLING IS INTOLERABLE: Comments from “Blog Trolls” will be deleted. A troll is someone who posts garbage to bait a discussion or they are only interested in promoting their website or their client’s website; also known as “comment spammers.”

  • NO EXPLETIVES: Keep your language clean. Our anti-comment spam software may not even accept your comment if you swear in it.

Logistics and Process

  • MODERATION: New commenters are moderated for their first post and then they will be allowed to automatically post without initial moderation; but given enough time, all comments are reviewed by one of our blog moderators to ensure quality and relevancy in the discussion.

  • NAME: You can list your NAME and (1) WEBSITE URL with each post. Our blog software will automatically remember this information each time you post. Your website URL will be linked  to your NAME, which is standard blog comment etiquette. Sorry, we won’t allow keyword stuffing or the use of targeted keywords for your “NAME” field link.

  • VALID EMAIL ADDRESS REQUIRED: Every comment must include a valid email address. Your email address will be kept private unless you choose your NAME as your email address or you include your email address in your blog comments (this is a practice we don’t recommend).

  • SIGNATURE LINES: We will NOT ALLOW SIG LINES WITH LINKS below your comments. They will be removed if you add them. We consider adding SIG lines with URLs as “double dipping” because you already received an active link to your name in each comment. Our goal is “one link:one post” with this policy. You can include a title or a closing salutation but no self-serving active links or sales pitches please.

  • 3RD-PARTY MATERIALS: It is okay to link to RELEVANT 3rd-party websites, but affiliate links are not allowed. The rel=”NOFOLLOW” tag will be used for all 3rd-party relevant website links given by any commenter.

  • SUBSCRIBING TO COMMENTS VIA EMAIL: By default, when you leave a comment, you will receive email notifications every time a new comment is left on any blog entry that you commented on. You can unsubscribe at any time. We respect your privacy and will never sell or rent your email address.

Rights and Formalities

  • RESPECT PRIVACY: You may not copy and paste private emails you received from someone else in your blog comments. This is bad form and is not tolerated. It’s a privacy issue.

  • OUR RIGHT: We reserve the right to delete comments for any reason at any time and to do so without explanation. We may delete comments that attack us or our authors, publishers, members, friends, colleagues, heroes, or admirers.

  • AGREEMENT: By submitting your comments to the CompuKol Connection Blog, you grant us permission to republish your comment(s) without restriction, notification, or compensation. You acknowledge that you alone are fully responsible for each comment you make, including inaccuracies or potentially libelous statements. You will retain copyright to all comments posted on this blog. You agree not to disclose proprietary or confidential information. You grant us the right in perpetuity to use, alter, and/or display your comments however we see fit.

  • BLOG COMMENT REPRINT RIGHTS: No permission is granted to use any comment in this blog outside of this blog without the written permission by the person who posted the blog comment.

  • BLOG RSS FEED SYNDICATION POLICY: If you have a relevant article writing and/or marketing audience that could benefit from the blog discussion, you may syndicate our blog RSS feed only on your website (and/or for your personal non-commercial use), but you may not syndicate the full blog post for each entry. Only the title, summary, and link that is included in the RSS feed may be used. You may not syndicate any of the blog comment feeds as these are for personal RSS reader use only. We may revoke, at any time for any reason, the right to syndicate our blog RSS feed if we feel your use is not appropriate in our sole determination.

  • FINAL AGREEMENT: Finally, you agree that we may change our blog comment policies at any time and without notice to you for any reason.