Comments Policy

I love a good conversation. But without a few simple ground rules, that conversation can turn into an argument that discourages others from participating.

So here is my comments policy. By posting on my blog, you agree to the following:

  • You may comment without registering. You can log-in via Disqus, OpenID, Twitter, Facebook—or not at all. It’s up to you.
  • You may post anonymously. I don’t recommend this, but you may do so if you wish.
  • You may post follow-up questions. If you have a question, chances are you are not alone. Others are likely thinking similarly. Therefore, I would rather receive your comments on my blog than via e-mail. It is a better use of my time to address everyone at once rather than answer several similar e-mails.
  • You may disagree with me or the author whose material I share. I welcome debate. However, I ask that if you disagree—do so in a way that is respectful. I am interested in learning, not just being put in my place. In my opinion, there is way too much mean-spirited shouting in the public area and I will not support it here.
  • I reserve the right to delete your comments since I am responsible for this blog’s content. The First Amendment gives you the right to express your opinions on your blog and I encourage you to do so. However, I will delete your comments if you post something that is, in my opinion, (a) toxic or gives a bad vibe that does not further the discussion in a constructive manner; (b) off-topic; (c) libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate my sense of decorum and civility or any law, including intellectual property laws; or (d) “spam,” i.e., an attempt to advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services. You may, however, post a link to your site or your most recent blog post.
  • You retain ownership of your comments. I do not own them and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on my site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those postings.
  • You grant me a license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty-free. You grant me the right to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format, including but not limited to a blog, in a book, a video, or presentation.

In short, my goal is to host helpful, interesting, inspirational conversations with caring, honest, and respectful people. I believe this comments policy will facilitate this.

This policy has been gratefully adapted from Michael Hyatt at www.michaelhyatt.com, and his book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.

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