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“Be Civil or Be Deleted” & Other Things to Know About Commenting on This Blog

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Autumn Ashbough once wrote in the comments here, “I think Jocelyn’s policy on comments is ‘Be civil, or be deleted.'”

Wow, she pretty much nailed it.

But more importantly, her words made me realize I’m long overdue to post a public commenting policy after blogging for more than six years.

So here goes — I’ve created a new policy that I believe covers what you should know about discussions here. Here are some excerpts:

Be polite. At Speaking of China, we believe in the general rules of respectful civil discourse. In other words, be nice to each other, and help make this blog a welcoming forum for diverse points of view. We agree with what your mother probably told you — if you can’t say it in public, then don’t say it here in the comments.

No obscenities. We know obscenities exist and people use them. We just think there are many other beautiful ways to express yourself without resorting to crude language.

Stay on topic. In other words, if I’m writing about a love story that happened in Hangzhou, China, nobody’s going to want to hear about an alleged three-headed rabbit running loose in Siberia. (I’m sure there’s a blog for that, just not this one.)

Read the whole policy here.

Think I’ve missed anything? Let me know in the comments. And as always, happy commenting!

6 Responses

  1. Sveta
    Sveta August 18, 2015 at 8:04 am | | Reply

    Sounds like a good idea. A lot of times I feel that people here veer off topics and repeat themselves over and over again, which is annoying.

  2. Autumn
    Autumn August 18, 2015 at 8:04 am | | Reply

    I’ve been quoted by “Speaking of China!” It’s the little things that make my day. 🙂

    Hey, I can’t think why you are posting a new policy now. HOWEVER, if I disregard my own rules and mention how much I want to smack down certain trolls and their commentary on lady parts and lingerie, will that get me deleted?

  3. anthony
    anthony August 19, 2015 at 11:11 am | | Reply

    Hi Jocelyn

    This isn’t related to any topic in particular but it is funny https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dYX_Xq7ECY

  4. Simon
    Simon August 20, 2015 at 3:41 am | | Reply

    its a good policy to have on any blog. Trolls are rampant on the internet however I do find this blog to be quite respectful and not many trolls (except for manny)

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