Comments on comments
: I’ve had some discussions with folks about comments lately and so I thought I should give you my policy. It’s quite simple: This is my house and I do as I please. I tend to let discussions go — I like interactivity — and rarely kill a comment. But I will kill comments that are brazen personal attacks on anyone (and I’m shocked at those sites that don’t do this). I will kill comments that are wildly off topic. I will kill comments about my work, because this is a personal site (I sometimes mention my work but that’s my prerogative; otherwise, I won’t drag my colleagues into this parallel universe). And I will kill a comment if I really don’t like it just because I don’t like it. Dont’ give me any crap about “censorship.” That’s not censorship. That’s judgment, editing, choice, dictatorship. Censorship is something a government does. Killing comments is something a power-hungry editor does. That’s me. Just so you know.
by Jeff Jarvis