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