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I felt a need to write this post because lately I’ve been removing some comments that I personally considered spam but others might not. I enjoy it when readers leave comments and interact with each other and me, it’s why I started this blog in the first place – to discuss personal finance news and ideas. What I don’t like is when someone leaves a comment like “Great post! Visit http://myrandomcommercialwebsite.com” because I see that as spam. I feel that if I lay down some ground rules then everything will be out in the open.

Please follow these guidelines and I won’t remove your comment because I think its spam, even if you do leave a link to yourself:
1. Add to the discussion – If you leave a constructive comment (or criticism) and it contains a link to yourself because it furthers the discussion (great example here) then by all means leave it. If it’s a “I wrote about this too” comment, please use trackbacks instead because I will mark it as spam. If it’s a one liner response with a link, I’ll spam that one too. And please don’t leave a link to your site after you name, we already have one.
2. Don’t pitch your product – If you’re pitching a product, even if it’s relevant to the topic, then I’ll unfortunately have to remove it. If you’d like to advertise, that’s a different story and you can contact me about it.

Those are the only two hard and fast rules and I think they’re fair. With regard to links in signatures, please don’t. In the past I’ve allowed it but this is a change that I feel makes for a better user experience. Any signature was already nofollowed plus you already get a link via your name, so a link in the signature adds no value. Please understand and adhere to this, I appreciate it!

Official Comment Policy:
The following policy outlines the rules and guidelines which apply to all user-generated content on this site including comments.

  • Privacy Policy. All information in this site’s privacy policy is also applicable to its comments policy.
  • Responsibility. The author of a comment is solely responsible and liable for the contents of that comment.
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  • Changes to this policy. This policy is subject to change at any time. Changes will be posted in this location and become applicable immediately after publishing.

Commenting Guidelines

  • Language. Blueprint for Financial Prosperity is an English-language website. All comments must be made in English. Non-English comments may be removed. Comments containing offensive or inappropriate language may be removed.
  • Unsolicited commercial comments. JW Enterprises, LLC is based in Maryland, USA. By leaving a comment on Blueprint for Financial Prosperity, you agree to abide by all applicable United States and Maryland criminal and civil laws. Unsolicited commercial comments made on Blueprint for Financial Prosperity may be removed and are subject to criminal and civil prosecution under Maryland Criminal Law Code Title 3, Subtitle 8 and Maryland Commercial Law Code Title 14, Subtitle 30.
  • Signatures. Signatures containing website addresses are not allowed on Blueprint for Financial Prosperity. Comments containing such signatures may be removed. Please use the text field provided if you wish to display a URL with your comment.
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5 Responses to “Blueprint Comment Policy”

  1. Lauren says:

    Nice post! Please check out my website at…

    Just kidding ;)

    I think that’s totally fair.

  2. jim says:

    SELF – It wasn’t directly specifically towards you, but I had removed some of your comments because they didn’t appear to be much more than spam. You could’ve left a link (and you can feel free to) as a signature in any of the comments you left on the Five Year Plan article and I would’ve had no problems with it at all. I’m glad you understand my position and I thank you for it.

    The fact that you stuck around long enough to even read this article is evidence enough (to me) that it appears you didn’t mean to be a spammer.

  3. FMF says:

    Oh, great. Now I have to be constructive and thoughtful. How about destructive and thoughtless? I’m good at those! ;-)

    BTW — I know what you mean. I just delete comments I feel are spammy. If they are close, I let them slide the first time, then delete from there on out.

  4. 2¢ Worth says:

    Jim

    I like your comment policy – there is a definite need for spelling out blog etiquette, given the kind of comment spam that comes up.

    Two other points you might like to think about :

    The subtle promoter – all they do is comment “great post” or the equivalent, together with their site name. While you’ve to some extent touched on it by asking for constructive and thoughtful comment, it’s difficult to classify this as spam; but when it gets done for posts by the dozen, you definitely begin to wonder whether it’s real appreciation or something else.

    The ranter : What I really appreciate is the person who adds another point of view, even if it’s diametrically opposed to what I think, and says so in a calm and reasonable way. If the comment ends up being a rant, especially with obscene language, it isn’t worth either taking it seriously, responding, or allowing it to continue on your blog.

  5. jim says:

    A “great post” comment with a site name is spam and I’ll remove it, I don’t think that’s subtle at all… :)

    If you want to rant, rant away, that’s fine… I don’t mind at all!


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