Like most bloggers, I love when readers take the time to comment. That lets me know that someone is reading this stuff that I work so hard on. The comments are a continuation of the article which, as a blogger, I enjoy very much. I appreciate and learn from the feedback. For me, the interaction is what makes blogging worthwhile — that interaction is the major difference between a blog and a website.
I don't for a minute think that my articles are the be-all/end-all/final word on any topic, which is why I often ask for reader opinions. I also recommend that readers who are interested in a topic check out the reader comments. Often much additional information and insight is added. If you are leaving a comment and want to point to a link on your own or another site that is relevant to the topic then please feel free to do so.
Spammers and trolls
But like anything and everything on the internet, a few (or many) people tend to ruin it for everyone else. Websites tend to sink to the lowest common denominator. That is why so many websites require registration, sign in, captchas, moderation, and/or email verification that so often annoys or inconveniences the rest of us, too. Some websites no longer allow commenting at all. These days a responsible website owner has to have some controls or the website will be overrun with spammers and trolls, making it an unpleasant place for the blogger and the readers.
After 5 years of blogging, I've become less tolerant of people who want to use my blog for their personal purposes. I do not pre-moderate comments, but I make use of Disqus' automated spam and other filters and I have a one strike and you are out policy toward spammers, cyber bullies, and extreme vulgarity. Life is too short to spend time dealing with people who use no common sense.
I do not object to differing opinions, but if someone is unable to state their argument without being offensive, juvenile, venomous, abusive, vulgar, or making personal attacks against me or other commenters, then I consider that that their intelligence level is not suitable for this blog or my readers. So if you think that I or anyone else is wrong, feel free to say so and to argue why you think so. "I disagree with LG because of ....." is an appropriate comment. "La Gringa is an idiot" is not, and that comment will end up in the trash bin.
This blog allows anonymous comments, but I really appreciate it when regular readers use a name or nickname so I can remember them in the future — it can get very confusing with many "Anons" commenting on the same article. It is fun to 'get to know' readers when I have something to remember them by. One time registration with Disqus will allow you to select a name and upload an avatar that will be shown every time you comment. Disqus will remember your computer so that you don't have to sign in each time. You don't have to register with Disqus, but it is a good way to link to your blog, too. More detailed information here.
Please keep in mind that there are many reasons why a comment may not appear other than 'censorship'. Sometimes people (like me!) just forget to click the post button before they leave the page or sometimes there are technical problems. Occasionally a legitimate comment gets caught in Disqus' spam, IP, or dirty word filters by mistake. If you feel that your comment was appropriate for posting, please try again or send me an email if it doesn't appear.
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