Comments Policy (revised)

“Notes From the Afghan Tea Room” blog Comment Policy:

Welcome to “Notes From the Afghan Tea Room” blog. In order to maintain a congenial, constructive, and productive tone, I ask you to please agree to the following basic guidlines for comment sunmission to this blog.

The “Golden Rule” reigns supreme here: “Treat others as you would have them treat you”.


1. “Notes From the Afghan Tea Room” blog comment submissions are moderated for pervasive foul language and maliciously derogatory comments. Comments that are commercial or promotional in nature, or involve the use of language deemed mean-spirited, personally inflammatory, highly derogatory, lewd, vulgar, including pervasive profanity or obscenities, pornographic or adult content in natrue, abusive, amatuerish name-calling, defamatory, racist, or maliciously cruel will be sanctioned as such. The means of sanctioning comments is detailed in paragraphs three (3) and four (4).  It will be the sole discretion of “Notes From the Afghan Tea Room” blog moderator(s) to determine what constitutes promotional, commercial, or inappropriate language. Within reason, mild epithets used for an emphatic purpose are acceptable (e.g. “that chili was damn good”).


2. Always be respectful of other users and the moderator(s). “Notes From the Afghan Tea Room” blog is not a venue for personal or private vendettas. Please keep your personal business personal—that is, off the “Notes From the Afghan Tea Room” blog . Personal arguments, baiting and attacks or threats of action, flames, and calls to action against any person commenting on this site are not to be posted on the “Notes From the Afghan Tea Room” blog. Spirited discussion among commentors is encouraged but merely name-calling contributors to the site (or slamming) is simply amatuerish and juvenile.


 3. Please take what space is needed to make your point(s), just remember to not bloviate! Ha-ha. But if your reply (replies) are multi-parted, then perhaps several smaller postings would be better. Please do not stray to far from the main “Notes From the Afghan Tea Room” blog post topic. Pursuit of off-topic agendas, “running down rabbit holes”, or advocating “pet rock projects” all tend to drive discussion into the realm of serious misinterpretation and misunderstanding of the original topic’s intent, meaning, and purpose. “Notes From the Afghan Tea Room” blog moderator(s) reserve the right to approve the catagorization of your comment(s) at their discretion. Re-catagorization would simply mean having your off-topic comment or string labelled as such. This is not meant to squelch free speech or lively discussion in any way, merely a tool reserved for very judicious use in order to limit anarchy and artificial conflicts.


4. An alert/warning to commentors that violate this comment policy agreement will first be posted in the comment thread of the particular topic, any comment(s) deemed not meeting the standards set forth in paragraph one (1) will be subject a written caution note. Further violations may result in the deletion of the offending comments and/or postings from all pages, threads, etc. Continued violations, persistent abusive postings, etc will be reported to the blog site hosting service, for further sanctions or penalties.


5. Comments posted to “Notes From the Afghan Tea Room” blog automatically constitute an agreement for use and confers to the moderator(s) the rights and privileges to quote, re-post, use for emphasis, or transfer in whole or in part to other weblogs, domains, or websites, owned or operated by “Notes From the Afghan Tea Room” blog moderator(s).


6. “Notes From the Afghan Tea Room” blog moderator(s) make a reciprocal pledge to all commentors that their comments will not be taken out of context, misquoted, quoted in whole or in part to a derogatory outcome, or misrepresented for financial gain.



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One Response

  1. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

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