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

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!

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

  • August 18, 2015 at 8:04 am

    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.

  • August 18, 2015 at 8:04 am

    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?

    • August 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      Ha ha, thanks!

      Actually, there’s no particular reason as to why I’m posting it now. It’s more a case of me actually having more time to work on a few things for this site (stuff I’ve been meaning to do but didn’t have time to do until now) and then realizing, Hey, this would be a nice thing to have.

      LOL, you would probably have some pretty amusing things to say about the trolls…but yeah, it would totally be against the policy I’ve posted, so I can’t encourage you to do that (even though I have a huge blogger crush on your work). Regarding the trolls, best thing to do in this case is let me know about the trolls and I will appropriately moderate their comments.

  • August 20, 2015 at 3:41 am

    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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