My primary response is to approve every comment. I am very interested in encouraging debate and hearing diverse opinions. However, your comment is unlikely to be approved (or may be removed) if:
- It is completely anonymous, with neither a legitimate email nor a legitimate name / blog ID / handle. If you can’t stand by what you say, then don’t say it. (I will never use your supplied email to contact you, unless you specifically request it, or I get your express permission to do so first.)
- It defames or otherwise breaches the legal rights of someone (for example, breaches their privacy or threatens them).
- It is unrelated to the post or the comment discussion. If you wish to contact me about an unrelated topic, please feel free to put a comment on my “About” page, I will get back to you. Alternatively, if you search my blog for other posts you might find one relevant to the point you want to make or discuss.
- Explicitly hateful and hurtful comments which contain neither arguments nor meaningful discussion. I will not allow you to use my blog to attack my other commenters, or myself. There is a difference between disagreement (which is fine), and personal attacks / ad hominems.
I want to make it clear that at the end of the day, this is still my blog. I am under no obligation to approve any comments. On rare occasions I may exercise that personal discretion and not let a comment through for some reason, but it would be exceedingly rare and would have to be an unusual circumstance.
If your comment has not appeared, and you haven’t broken any of my stated rules above, then chances are your comment got caught by the spam filter. You may want to try submitting your comment again, alternately you may want to contact me via Facebook or Twitter to alert me to the missing comment (I’ll search my filters for you).
I try to respond to every comment on my blog (unless it’s clear no response is required). This is a time-consuming process though and I can’t always keep up. Please know though that I do read and think about your comments, even if I haven’t replied to them (yet).
From time to time I may change my moderation settings. The current setting is for every comment to be let through unless the commenter is commenting for the first time on my blog, in which case I will have to approve it. I will read and let your comment through (if it doesn’t breach the above guidelines) within 24 hours of you submitting your comment. Thanks for your patience.