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Blog Comments Policy

Updated 23 December 2021

1. Respectful Disagreement Welcome

You may disagree with me or any of the guest authors - and I hope you do. I love debate and am not afraid to change my opinion if presented with a better or more truthful answer. The point of this blog isn't to bring together people that all think the same way, but rather to tackle complex problems from many angles and search for the truth together. In order for this to happen, however, we all need to recognize that we aren't the seat of truth and that probably more times than not, our opinions if not wrong can at least be enhanced by others perspectives. Even the truth needs a proper language to express it in a way that is easily understood, to the degree that that is possible, by everyone. Unfortunately, dialogue today has been replaced with the hermeneutic of disbelief: we assume that those who have even slightly differing opinions than ours are wrong without listening to their reasoning and letting the logic of the arguments stand for themselves. We have replaced dialogue with shouting. But rather than enforce our own position, shouting makes it less credible since it gives the impression that our opinion cannot stand on its own feet without the need for cheerleaders.

2. Comment Anonymously


You may comment anonymously or without registering. Feel free to log in via Facebook to leave your comment so that the conversation can spread. You may also choose rather to leave an anonymous comment.


There are times and topics upon which anonymity is the only way that some will feel comfortable sharing deeply personal experiences. I welcome your input and bravery.

 

However, and especially in the case of those who use anonymity to leave snarky, mean or disrespectful comments, know that you are only showing yourself to be shallow and someone who's opinion is not worth listening to in the first place.

3. Follow-Up Questions



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 easier to address everyone at once rather than answer several similar e-mails.

4. The Right to Delete Comments



I reserve the right to delete your comments. This is my blog. I don't have an obligation to publish your comments. Specifically, I will delete your comments if you post something that is, in my opinion, (a) snarky; (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.

5. Ownership of Comments



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.

6. License to Post Comments




You grant me a license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, nonexclusive, and royalty free. You may 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 interesting conversations with caring, honest, and respectful people. I believe this simple comments will facilitate this.

 

Many thanks to Michael Hyatt for allowing me to copy a large portion of his comments policy guidelines.