Blah Blah Blog – The Rules

A post from my old Marvel blog outlining the conditions for readers to post responses to my content. The spirit of these rules still persists, though not these conditions specifically, as we are no longer on Marvel.com.

The Rules

July 3, 2008 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General

It seems like the responses to this Blog in recent weeks have become a bit more contentious, even accusatory. And I know that’s just people reacting emotionally to what’s said here. But I just want to outline the ground rules once again, so that everybody’s on the same page about what goes on here.

I’m not at all a big fan of censorship, so if it’s at all possible I won’t ever delete a response to one of my Blog posts. This should be a forum for the free exchange of ideas. But there are a few things that will make me take steps:

1) Use of inappropriate language. Marvel.com is a PG website, so if you post something and curse a lot, it’s going to get taken down.

2) Hate-Speak of any kind. Pretty much a no-brainer

3) Posts that are really advertisements for other websites or products. These typically get posted by web-bots, and they always come down once I see them.

4) Anything else that’s in violation of Marvel.com’s policies about posting.

Beyond that, you’re pretty much free to say what you like here. And all I ask is that you think about what you’re saying before you commit it to print. Also, be careful about reacting vehemently if a post of yours disappears suddenly. Because of the way this site is set up, any reader can flag any post as being offensive for any reason, and it’ll get taken down temporarily until somebody can approve it. I only check those posts maybe once a day, so almost everything goes offline for a little while, as malicious people seem to mark every response as offensive. But as you’ll see if you wait a few hours rather than lashing out angrily about censorship, your post will in all likelihood return once I find it (assuming you haven’t violated one of the rules above.)

Okay, everybody clear? Great! Then on to July 4th!

More later.

Tom B

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